Liverpool report: Reds eye Jamal Musiala, with big money set to be spent in January

Liverpool-linked Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala
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Liverpool (opens in new tab) are reportedly interested in 19-year-old Bayern Munich (opens in new tab) and Germany (opens in new tab) prodigy Jamal Musiala.

The attacking midfielder established himself at Bayern during the second half of last season and has started six out of eight Bundesliga games for Julian Naglesmann's side this term.

Musiala – who can also operate from the left wing – has already won 17 caps for Germany and started last month's 3-3 Nations League draw with England (opens in new tab) at Wembley.

Germany's Jamal Musiala takes on England's Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham during England 3-3 Germany in the UEFA Nations League on 26 September, 2022 at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Musiala in action for Germany against England (Image credit: Marvin Ibo Guengoer – GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)

Sky Sport journalist Florian Plettenberg (opens in new tab) confirmed on Tuesday that Musiala is on Liverpool's radar – but added that the former Chelsea (opens in new tab) and Southampton (opens in new tab) youngster is happy at Bayern.

Musiala was born in Stuttgart, Germany but grew up in England, spending four months in the Saints' youth system before being picked up by the Blues. He played for England up to U21 level but announced last year (opens in new tab) that he'd chosen to represent Germany in senior international football.

A move for Musiala would be an audacious one and it's very hard to see the Reds (or any other club, for that matter) pulling it off. And unsurprisingly, Bayern have insisted that their prodigious talent is not for sale. Speaking last month, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said (opens in new tab):

"We need a guy like [Musiala]. If I were to think about giving this boy away somehow, I'd be crazy. He will play for Bayern for a long time."

Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala celebrates after scoring his team's second goal in Bayern Munich 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on 30 September, 2022 at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

(Image credit: S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images)

While Bayern have made a stuttering start to their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title defence, Musiala has been in excellent nick, scoring five goals (the third-most in the league) and providing three assists.

News of Liverpool's interest comes as Football Insider (opens in new tab) report that the Reds have allocated significant funds for a major January signing.

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Liverpool have also been linked with a rising Ligue 1 forward dubbed 'the Ghanian Mane' (opens in new tab) in recent days, and could reportedly battle it out with Chelsea for the signature of one of MLS' most exciting talents (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, the Reds are said to have made Inter Milan and Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic a top target (opens in new tab). That follows talk that Roberto Firmino could be offered to Borussia Dortmund in a sensational January swap deal for Jude Bellingham (opens in new tab).

Elsewhere, former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez could be on his way back to the Premier League: the Spaniard has been touted to potentially replace Steve Cooper at Nottingham Forest (opens in new tab).

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...