You’d be forgiven for thinking that Liverpool’s bosses must have their Bayern Munich counterparts on speed dial these days.
The Red Devils have signed Ryan Gravenberch from the Bavarians for a fee of up to £40m this summer, after otherwise selling Sadio Mane for an initial fee of just over £27.5m a the year before that.
Meanwhile, Liverpool also signed Thiago Alcantara from the Bundesliga giants in the summer of 2020 for an initial fee of £20 million.
Given that Pepe Reina’s permanent move to Munich in the summer of 2014 was the only time the two sides concluded negotiations, this week alone the Red Devils have been linked with two more Bavarian players, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala, while speculation in the summer also pushed them to replace Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard.
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On proposals from moves for Pavard or Sane, could at least raise eyebrows.
Ultimately, neither player fit Liverpool’s desired transfer target, with the Red Devils making no effort to sign the former player before he moved to Inter Milan in the summer.
But it’s a different story when it comes to Musiala, with Bild reporting earlier this week that Liverpool are interested in the Germany international and his representatives are not talking to Bayern about a new contract. According to records, his current contract expires in 2026.
three transfers in three years triggered the start of this new trade route.
Still only 20 years old, the midfielder would fit into the Red Devils’ transfer model.
With his peak years ahead, he will progress with Liverpool if they sign him, while still possessing significant resale value.
He would also be considered a homegrown player in the Premier League, thanks to nine years at Southampton and Chelsea before joining Bayern at the age of 16 in 2019.
However, he has been unable to achieve that status. It’s like that in European tournaments, with UEFA. requires players to have spent three full seasons at a club in the same association between the ages of 15 and 21 to be eligible.
Additionally, he is extremely versatile, having played as a number 10, number 8, half-back defensive midfielder and wide on both wings since making his debut for Bayern in June 2019. 2020.
With Liverpool linked with Sane as a potential replacement for Mohamed Salah earlier this week, it would be easy, if a bit lazy, to assume that Musiala would be the better candidate for such a role. So.
After scoring 16 goals in 47 appearances last season, as well as providing 16 assists, the 20-year-old equaled his senior team-mate’s career best goal tally. in one season.
However, despite his limited experience on the right wing, with four goals and two assists in eight appearances on the right wing for Bayern, Musiala is not a right winger.
And being naturally right-footed, he certainly won’t be the type of inverted player like Salah and Sane.
His record on the left wing is 10 goals and 3 assists in 30 games, although the Red Devils don’t need another left winger with Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota on the roster their. So if Liverpool replace Musiala,