Refused Freiburg change, ignorance about the summer deal with Frankfurt and legal dispute with FIFA: The crazy transfer saga of Nantes striker Randal Kolo Muani

Actually, everything was already clear: Loud RMC Sports SC Freiburg already agreed with FC Nantes about a change of attacker Randal Kolo Muani. A transfer fee of nine million euros (which would have made Muani the second most expensive new signing in the club’s history after Baptiste Santamaria’s ten million transfer) and a subsequent loan to his youth club until the end of the season are said to have been part of the deal.

However, the clubs probably did the math without the 23-year-old: Muani is said not to have been enthusiastic about the deal and torpedoed it himself. Rather, the Frenchman with Congolese roots, whose contract in Nantes expires at the end of the season, insists on a free transfer in the summer. The striker rejects an extension. According to information from GOAL and SPOX Muani is then drawn to Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, the personnel threatens to develop into a lengthy transfer saga. Because: While Eintracht is said to have violated FIFA rules, Muani himself does not seem to know anything about any deals.

Nantes striker Muani: contract already in autumn? Frankfurt would violate FIFA statutes

The French TV station channel+ reports, with reference to a conversation with Nantes President Waldemar Kita, that a five-year contract was signed between the Frankfurters and Muani last autumn. However, this would be a clear violation of the statutes of FIFA.

They say that the player can only negotiate directly with other clubs six months before the end of the contract – in this case from January. Nantes now turned loudly channel+ with the topic to the world association. On request from GOAL and SPOX a spokesman for Eintracht said: “There is nothing to say from our side on this subject.”

And muani? As in the negotiations with Freiburg, he seems to have been left in the dark. While channel+ Letters from Freiburg and Frankfurt to Nantes are available, confirming contact with the playerMuani doesn’t want to know anything about it.

“It’s easy for me, I let my family and my agents take care of all this. I wasn’t informed about anything,” Muani said after the 0-0 draw against AS Monaco last weekend. It is unclear whether Muani was muzzled or whether his entourage actually did not inform him.

Randal Kolo Muani Nantes 2021-22


BVB, Liverpool and Milan: Nantes striker Muani aroused desires in the summer

Even before the current season, numerous top clubs expressed interest in Muani. According to information from GOAL and SPOX These included BVB, Leverkusen, Liverpool, Tottenham and AC Milan. The striker made his breakthrough with the Nantes pros in the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season and ended up scoring nine goals. He currently has seven goals after 19 league games.

Frankfurt also signaled interest at the time and were the first club to make an official offer to Nantes. However, the French want to sell Muani to Watford FC – the deal fell through. Whether Muani was informed of this deal is not known.

As once David Beckham: transfer confusion about Munai

The topic is a little reminiscent of David Beckham and the summer of 2003. The former England international was also transferred from Manchester United to FC Barcelona almost against his will and knowledge, but was ultimately able to prevent this, only to switch to Real Madrid a little later.

Whether the eagles will be successful at Muani at the second attempt seems open given the possible violation of the rules. Muani ruled out a winter change – at least for the time being. “We will talk about how to proceed at the end of the season,” he said.

Sequel follows…