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Nantes hope to sell Randal Kolo Muani for £9 million in the summer transfer window after the reported Crystal Palace and Southampton target rejected a new contract, as reported by Le10 Sport. 

The Canaries may have squeaked their way past Toulouse in the relegation play-offs but, despite that nerve-shredding away-goals victory, Muani still looks certain to fly the nest.

A jet-heeled and versatile attacker who has been compared to Kylian Mbappe – and not just because he was born in the same Parisian suburb as the PSG superstar – Muani rejected a new contract at Nantes in mid-May (RMC Sport). 

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The former France U21 international was the shining light in a dark season for Nantes, producing ten goals and nine assists in all competitions. 

And, amid claims from Le10 Sport suggesting Southampton and Crystal Palace have joined Watford and number of Bundesliga sides in the race for Muani’s signature, Nantes apparently feel £9 million would represent good value for a forward who is out of contract in 2022. 

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Palace and Southampton tussle for Nantes forward Muani

Of course, if the 22-year-old was willing to sign a new deal at the French club, his price tag would rise accordingly.

As it stands, however, Nantes would rather cash in now and sell, albeit for a cut-price fee, than risk losing Muani for nothing when the window opens. 

And fear not Palace fans, Muani is at his best through the middle or on the right-hand side.

It seems the Eagles want him to play alongside Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park rather than in place of the club’s want-away home-grown hero. 

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