Xisco Munoz’s Watford side are considering a move for Randal Kolo Muani this summer.
That’s according to a report by French outlet Foot-Sur (via Sport Witness), who claim that the Hornets – as well as Southampton, Saint-Etienne, Club Brugge and the German trio of Eintracht Frankfurt, SC Freiburg and RB Leipzig – are keeping a very close eye on the FC Nantes centre-forward ahead of the summer transfer window.
It is reported that the Ligue 1 side will allow the 22-year-old to leave the club for around €7m (£6m) in the upcoming market, as they would like to receive a fee for the striker whose contract is set to expire at the end of next season.
Having impressed during a loan spell at Championnat National side US Boulogne last season, scoring three goals and providing five assists in the French third tier, Antoine Kombouare’s decision to put his faith in Kolo Muani ahead of Nantes’ Ligue 1 campaign has proved something of a masterstroke.
Over the France U21 international’s 35 appearances in the French top-flight so far this season, the 22-year-old has scored an impressive six goals and has registered seven assists, keeping his side in with a real chance of avoiding the drop with just two fixtures left to play.
This obvious goalscoring and creative ability, particularly while playing for a side in the bottom half of the table, could prove extremely useful for Watford ahead of their Premier League campaign, as, realistically, Xisco Munoz’s primary objective will be to keep his Hornets side in the division come the end of the season.
Furthermore, the arrival of another talented young forward at the club could be hugely beneficial to the development of 19-year-old Joao Pedro, who himself has just come off the back of a fine goalscoring campaign for Watford – bagging nine goals and providing three assists over his 38 Championship appearances – with the Brazilian and the Frenchman offering Xisco the choice of playing an extremely dynamic and pacey two up top.
Although, with Kolo Muani also comfortable operating from the wing, as well as in a more central attacking role, should Watford land the £6.3m-rated man this summer, the potential of a front three consisting of 23-year-old Ismaila Sarr, 19-year-old Joao Pedro and 22-year-old Kolo Muani is perhaps even more of a mouthwatering prospect – not only for next season but for many years to come.
As such, it would seem highly advisable for Cristiano Giaretta to do all he can to land Kolo Muani this summer, as the Nantes man could well be the final piece to Watford’s attacking jigsaw puzzle.