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Liverpool Have Joined The Race For This French Attacking Ace: What Should The Reds Do

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If a report from Foot Mercato is believed to be true, Liverpool are keeping close eyes on Randal Kolo Muani over a potential summer swoop. But they are not alone in the hunt with Tottenham Hotspur as well as unnamed Italian outfits also weighing up a move for the Eintracht Frankfurt centre-forward.

Spurs were keen on him earlier this year, but the 24-year-old eventually signed a pre-contract agreement with the Bundesliga side before completing a Bosman move from Nantes on July 2022. He has started the season brightly for the reigning Europa League champions with 8 goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances across competitions and his impressive run of form earned him a place in France’s World Cup squad following Christopher Nkunku’s injury.

Muani progressed through the academy ranks of Villepinte FC, Tremblay FC, Torcy and Nantes. He eventually made it to the latter’s first-team squad after shining for the reserves and went on to play 87 senior games over the past couple of years. While he fired in 23 goals and laid on 16 more during his Canaries tenure, the young attacker is tipped to make significant strides in the next few years.

Randal Kolo Muani

Why Liverpool Must Keep An Eye On The French Attacker

Meanwhile, Liverpool have to splash a fee of around £69m to snap him up given his Frankfurt contract runs until the summer of 2027. The Reds must undergo the process of transition before it gets too late and a player of Muani’s profile fits in Jurgen Klopp’s system, thanks to his versatility and adaptability across the frontline.

The Merseysiders are yet to decide whether to offer Roberto Firmino a contract extension beyond the ongoing campaign. The Brazilian has rediscovered his scoring touch with 7 league goals as he stepped in exquisitely in the wake of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz’s long-term injury woes. Having said that, the workaholic Selecao ace is on the wrong side of the 30s and the club, therefore, must find his successor soon irrespective of what lies ahead of the veteran forward.

Liverpool are fighting for a ‘top four’ finish overcoming a dreadful start to their Premier Lague season.  But the absence of Jota and Diaz leaves them with Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez as the only available attacking options. The crisis would grow in the coming days with no senior attacker available to challenge and cover the ‘front three’ and it remains to be seen whether the Reds cash in on someone who is available in January.

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