Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool are preparing moves for Jamal Musiala from Bayern Munich and Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund; Tottenham Hotspur’s Emerson Royal spent how much? ; Antonio Rüdiger and Nico Schlotterbeck for the best German duo? ; and more!
Bayern Munich phenom Jamal Musiala is lighting up Europe and despite the fact that you should probably snatch him from the cold, dead hands of sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić, there are rumors that some English clubs are pretty delighted to have initially disappeared. German internationals.
In fact, Liverpool are said to be ready to start preparing a proposal for Musiala – which will undoubtedly not be sold anytime soon:
Liverpool can capitalize on Chelsea’s transfer mistake by signing ‘Lionel Messi’s heir’ is the hugely intriguing headline Express picked up this morning. They like a speculative story there and it’s all about Chelsea academy graduate Jamal Musiala, who moved to Bayern Munich as a 16-year-old in 2019.
Liverpool have apparently shown little interest in signing Musiala this summer and ‘may’ sign him next summer, in the same way Manchester City, Chelsea and Plymouth ‘may’. Musiala has been in stunning form for Bayern so far this season and tops the Bundesliga goalscoring charts for the German giants with five goals, also contributing three assists.
His rise isn’t all that different to that of Jude Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund and Express has the nerve to suggest Musiala could be an alternative to Bellingham for Liverpool, despite playing in very different positions.
Liverpool are said to be very interested in Bellingham as well as Musiala. Could the English club grab both? Maybe (as captured by This is Anfield):
Due to leave Dortmund next summer, Bellingham are already attracting a number of top clubs, and have been reported to be Liverpool’s top target for the midfielder.
There’s a feeling the No.22 would be perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and vice versa, but there’s also a growing feeling that they could face some serious competition in their quest.
The Telegraph’s Matt Law only added to this with a report that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, who is also currently their sporting director, has “already tried to make inroads into the Bellingham camp”.
In what can only be described as one of the most insane self-improvement schemes ever devised, Tottenham Hotspur’s Emerson Royal spent £800,000 to help become a better player:
Emerson Royal has spent £800,000 trying to become a better footballer since joining Tottenham.
He ordered a reconnaissance report from Achraf Hakimi, bought his own hyperbaric oxygen tank and hired a neuroscientist to help him deal with the pressure.https://t.co/AIWlVx2rlH
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) September 30, 2022
Between Germany and Bayern Munich there is no shortage of talking points for fans to talk and debate.
For those looking forward to the World Cup, we got a glimpse of what things could look like for Germany in Qatar. For Bayern Munich fans, it’s time to restart and start again after a tough run in the Bundesliga.
Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode:
- A look at Germany’s international break and what we could have learned ahead of the World Cup.
- What to look for in Bayern Munich matches.
- Jamal Musiala’s star begins to explode.
- Bayern Munich may already be planning their life after Benjamin Pavard.
- Are Bayern Munich interested in Chelsea FC’s Kai Havertz?
Sport1 expert Maik Franz is convinced Borussia Dortmund’s Nico Schlotterbeck is the right man to anchor Germany’s defense at the World Cup in Qatar.
“(Schlotterbeck) will be the cornerstone there,” Franz said. “He still has room for improvement in the national team, but he is a top player for the next few years. You should trust him. He comes from Freiburg and is an undisputed Dortmund regular – a leading team.
Franz believes Schlotterbeck will also become a team leader and should be the starting man alongside Real Madrid’s Antonio Rüdiger when Germany take the field in Qatar.
“He will also become the national team’s star player. Schlotterbeck and Rüdiger need to be sorted out. They are two real machines there,” said Franz. “He can still develop. You’ve seen that. He’ll develop more confidence in himself and then we’ll have a lot of fun with this player. He’s Germany’s future defender. (Mats) Hummels and (Niklas) Süle are also two good central defenders. Matthias Ginter is also doing a great job in Freiburg. We have alternatives. The first choices for me are clearly Schlotterbeck and Rüdiger!
Werder Bremen’s Leonardo Bittencourt has come to Germany to bring in Niclas Füllkrug.
“I think he’s the best German striker we have right now. If he doesn’t let himself be impressed by this, but continues like the last few years or last year with the second half of the second division, he will definitely be candidate,” Bittencourt said. “It’s a nine, which in my opinion doesn’t exist so often anymore – at least not in Germany. If he can jump on the bandwagon at the end, we’d all be happy.
As for Füllkrug, he does not want to speculate on what might – or might not – happen.
Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nübel has been named AS Monaco Player of the Month:
At the end of a high-flying month of September, the German goalkeeper was named player of the month with 44% of the votes of Red and White supporters on the AS Monaco App.
Impassable, unbeatable, determined, decisive… There is no shortage of adjectives to describe the month of September delivered by Alexander Nübel. With only two goals conceded in all competitions, the German goalkeeper was a symbol of AS Monaco’s great form.
After four consecutive Bundesliga games without a win, Bayern Munich responded in solid fashion with a 4-0 win over struggling Bayer Leverkusen. All of the front four managed to score as Julian Nagelsmann’s system shone in its ability to create chances and smother the opposition with high pressure. Even so, after all this poor performance, one should be wary of declaring the crisis over after a single victory.
Here are our talking points from the game:
- A brief recap of how the game went.
- How Sadio Mane playing on the left could be a way to optimize his role.
- The excellent performance of Leroy Sane, eclipsed by the even better Jamal Musiala.
- Why a “silent game” by Thomas Müller is a myth.
- A quick look at the midfield partnership (not much to say here) and Sabitzer’s Kante-esque role.
- Does Matthijs de Ligt look a little…tall?
- Countering confusing stories about Alphonso Davies.
- Interesting moves from Nagelsmann on set pieces.
- Critique of substitutions.