Bayern Munich are halting contract talks with Liverpool-linked youngster Jamal Musiala, according to reports.
This comes from The Telegraph. They claim that the 17-year-old midfielder is can only sign a maximum of a three-year deal to FIFA regulations on under-18 players.
And as a result, Bayern are prepared to wait until Musiala turns 18 on February 26 to restart contract talks in an attempt to secure a longer deal.
The England under-21’s international has already clocked up three goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances under Hansi Flick in 2020/21.
His influence for the reigning European champions shouldn’t be overlooked, either.
To put his talent into perspective, consider this – Mohamed Salah was 20 when he arrived on the European scene with Basel, while Sadio Mane was 19 when he made his inaugural professional debut for Metz in France.
So, the fact Musiala is already a seasoned-regular alongside the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller suggests he’s certainly a talent to be reckoned with.
Muisala, then, could be a perfect long-term successor to Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.
According to The Mail, Liverpool and Manchester City have showcased an interest in the former Chelsea academy star, in the hope that contract talks with Bayern break down.
The delay in talks certainly aid Liverpool’s hopes of striking a deal for Musiala, then. However, the Reds will have to act fast if they hope of luring the teenager back to England.
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This is a transfer saga that is seemingly out of Liverpool’s hands for the time being.
If the Reds want Musiala before contractual negotiations are due to resume next month, then Liverpool will have to bid before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Indeed, this is unlikely following reports from Goal that claim the club have no intentions of making any late purchases in the coming days.
Liverpool’s best hope, then, is that Musiala is swayed by the interest from England and chooses to decline an extension from Bayern.
Again, this is a precarious subject and one that Liverpool won’t want to be dragged into to given the fact Musiala still very-much remains a Bayern Munich player.