'Magical' - Liverpool have Gary Lineker seal of approval for potential Mohamed Salah replacement

Jamal Musiala
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Liverpool boss Arne Slot won't be getting any complaints from Gary Lineker if he manages to secure a move for one of the standout performers at Euro 2024 - Jamal Musiala.

The Reds are rumoured to be eyeing Germany and Bayern Munich's Musiala, who has been instrumental in leading the host nation to victory in their first two matches. The 21-year-old forward made his mark on the tournament's opening night against Scotland and continued to impress with his all-round play in the 5-1 victory.

He also scored the vital first goal in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Hungary, making him the only player in the tournament with two goals to his name so far. Anfield bosses will undoubtedly have taken note of his form.

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The English-born player's contract with Bayern is set to expire in the summer of 2026, and despite being reportedly offered a new £150,000-a-week contract, he is yet to agree to terms. According to German publication Bild, Musiala's future is now a topic of discussion at the Bundesliga club.

Liverpool, one of Europe's top clubs, is expected to take advantage of this uncertainty as they search for a long-term replacement for Mohamed Salah. In April, The Independent reported on Liverpool’s interest in Musiala, adding that Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also have the player on their radars.

Lineker made his thoughts clear on the former Chelsea player during the Rest is Football podcast, stating: "Musiala, I know we know he's an incredible talent, but boy oh boy he's sharp. Magical."

Musiala was a standout performer for Bayern last season, netting 12 goals and providing eight assists in 38 appearances, shining in an otherwise trophyless season for the German giants. However, Liverpool would likely need to offload players before pursuing the young talent due to Bayern's expected hefty price tag.

Musiala, who has played for England at various youth levels before committing to Germany internationally, is thought to favour a move back to the UK should he decide to leave Bayern. Premier League financial regulations are putting a damper on English clubs' spending power, which could affect any potential deal for Musiala, whose stock is predicted to rise further with his performances at Euro 2024.

Echoing the sentiments of many, Germany's coach Julian Nagelsmann recently praised Musiala's abilities following a victory over Hungary. He advised the young star to ignore the pressure and play as if he was simply enjoying a game with friends on a local pitch in Germany or England.

"He should just play like he's on a small pitch anywhere in Germany or England, it doesn't matter," Nagelsmann said. "He should just play football with his friends. He shouldn't think about the pressure, he's just brilliant playing football."