Randal Kolo Muani, the next €100m player you haven't heard of… yet

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • 24 Nov 2022 13:14 GMT
  • 3 min read
FT Desk 24 Nov 2022 13:14 GMT 3 min read
Randal Kolo Muani, Frankfurt, 2022/23

Eintracht Frankfurt have reportedly slapped a €100 million price tag on France forward Randal Kolo Muani; an astronomical figure, but one they could get away with?

Kolo Muani joined last season's Europa League winners on a free transfer from Nantes in the summer and is already rated at €49.9 million by Football Transfers' in-house algorithm.

His age (23) and contract duration (30 June 2027) are part of that equation, but it is his on-field performances that have really caught the eye.

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A versatile forward who can lead the line or play off a target man, Kolo Muani has plundered five goals and 10 assists from just 14 games in the Bundesliga at a rate of one every 75 minutes he has played.

For those watching him, it was little surprise when he was called up to replace the injured Christopher Nkunku ahead of France's World Cup defence in Qatar earlier this week, and Frankfurt know what they have on their hands.

"For anyone looking to sign Kolo Muani next summer, Eintracht won't listen to offers below €60m," report SportBild. "And internally, some are hoping for a sale of around €80-100 million, nothing less."

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How good is RKM?

Kolo Muani is a graduate of the famous Nantes academy that produced France '98 World Cup winners Marcel Desailly, Christian Karembeu and the current coach of les Bleus, Didier Deschamps.

His star was already on the rise as a youth international when les Canaris lost him on a free transfer to Eintracht in the summer, and alongside his goals and assists, he has also lifted fans off their seats with an average of two dibbles completed per game as well as three shot-creating actions.

Getting added to an attacking stable that already includes Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann means you're a serious player, and if Kolo Muani can emulate Deschamps in being a Nantois World Cup winner, Frankfurt might well be able to hold out for that blockbuster fee.