Frankfurt sign Ngankam from Hertha, fueling talk of Kolo Muani’s exit
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt has signed Germany under-21 forward Jessic Ngankam from Hertha Berlin on a five-year contract.
Frankfurt’s announcement on Friday will fuel speculation that its star forward Randal Kolo Muani could leave. The 24-year-old Kolo Muani, who scored 15 Bundesliga goals and set up 16 more in his debut season, has been linked with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Hertha, which was relegated from the Bundesliga last season, said it had done all it could to try to convince Ngankam to stay. The 22-year-old Ngankam had joined Hertha as a 6-year-old.
“Unfortunately, he made another decision that we have to respect,” Hertha sporting director Benjamin Weber said. “Jessic is a true Berliner who came to us as a small boy, progressed through our academy, and from there into the professional area.”
Ngankam helped Hertha’s under-19 team win the German title in 2018. He made his Bundesliga debut in May 2020 as a 19-year-old and went on to make 37 league appearances for Hertha, scoring six goals and setting up three more.