Michel Platini is expected to announce Wednesday he will be a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA President ©Getty Images

Michel Platini is set to announce tomorrow he will be a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA, insidethegames has been told.

The Frenchman already has the backing of five of the leaders from the six Confederations that make up FIFA. 

Platini is due to make the official announcement tomorrow, senior officials arriving here for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, due to start on Friday (July 31), have told insidethegames.

Among those backing Platini is Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees and a member of FIFA's ruling Executive Committee, who is considered a key power broker. 

The 60-year-old Platini, one of the greatest players of his generation, who represented France 72 times, has led UEFA since 2006.

He will be the overwhelming favourite to succeed Blatter at the election due to be held on February 26 next year. 

Nominations to stand for FIFA President are due to close on October 26.

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South Korea's Chung Mong Joon (left) has put himself forward as a potential candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA President but may withdraw now that Michel Platini has decided to stand ©Chung Mong Joon

Other candidates are expected to include Prince Ali bin Hussein, President of the Jordan Football Association, who stood unsuccessfully against Blatter in May, and South Korea's Chung Mong Joon, the former vice-president of FIFA. 

Chung, the biggest shareholder in Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd and a one-time South Korean Presidential hopeful. may withdraw, however, having held talks with Platini at the final on Sunday (July 28) of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Philadelphia between Jamaica and Mexico.

He posted a picture of his meeting with Platini on his official website and revealed he planned to meet him again in Europe next month. 

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