Manchester United failed with a £60 million bid for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani earlier this summer with Paris Saint-Germain – rather than the Premier League – now expected to be the Frenchman’s destination.

It is no secret that Kylian Mbappe has long since longed for a natural centre-forward to play off at the Parc des Princes. According to L’Equipe, Mbappe wanted the physical Gianluca Scamacca to join him in the French capital last summer, and was frustrated when PSG were pipped to the post by West Ham United.

Reports suggesting that Randal Kolo Muani is on the verge of putting pen to paper, however, should go some way to easing Mbappe’s well-publicised concerns over the direction of travel in Paris. Kolo Muani, after all, already has a good relationship with the superstar forward, having played together for the French national team.

What’s more, after setting up 17 goals as well as scoring 23 of his own in 2022/23, the Frankfurt talisman looks every inch a strike partner tailor-made to get the best out of arguably world football’s most fearsome forward; a scorer and a creator rolled into one, an exceptional link-man who could be the Karim Benzema to Mbappe’s Cristiano Ronaldo, if you will.

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Manchester United had Randal Kolo Muani bid rejected

According to L’Equipe, Kolo Muani has agreed a five-year deal at PSG. Les Parisiens could make a new and improved offer before the close of play on Monday. And, in a further boost to Mbappe’s hopes of linking up with the former Nantes star, PSG will have a relatively free run at Kolo Muani after Bayern Munich landed Harry Kane and Manchester United turned their attention to Rasmus Hojlund.

L’Equipe reporter Loic Tanzi reports that the Red Devils had a £60 million bid rejected by Frankfurt for Kolo Muani. That was before Rasmus Hojlund arrived from Atalanta for a similar fee at the start of August.

Bruno Fernandes is a fan

“I think he’s doing really well,” Man United captain Bruno Fernandes said on Instagram of Kolo Muani a few weeks ago.

“We saw it in the World Cup that he was good. But I think now, during the season, he’s been doing even better. I think he’s one of the most promising talents in the world right now.

“He probably now has to have the next step to a big club, but he is my third choice. He is a player that I’m quite happy to look what’s gonna be in the future because I think he is a player that still has a lot to give to football.”

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