Bayern Munich’s 21-y/o midfielder, Ryan Gravenberch, has captured the attention of football enthusiasts and potential suitors alike.
Liverpool, in their quest for midfield reinforcement have set their sights on Gravenberch. Liverpool has reportedly prepared a £20 million bid for the talented midfielder as Jurgen Klopp holds a strong conviction in the Dutchman’s abilities.
Can Ryan Gravenberch Deliver the Necessary Midfield Balance?
However, the move has raised some eyebrows among fans and pundits alike. Gravenberch is primarily seen as a No.8 midfielder, a position Liverpool already appears to have well-covered. With the arrivals of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, it seemed that the Reds were focusing on other areas. Particularly in defense.
While Gravenberch’s style leans more towards an attacking role, Klopp’s history of transforming players positions offers a precedent for this acquisition. The success story of Gini Wijnaldum’s conversion from an attacking player to a disciplined midfielder stands as a testament to Klopp’s strategic prowess. Gravenberch’s adaptability and youth offer Klopp a canvas to shape and mold. Potentially creating a midfield powerhouse capable of dictating play.
An Eager Pursuit
Liverpool’s pursuit of Gravenberch comes after some setbacks in their transfer plans this summer. Failed attempts to secure Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo left the Reds in need of reinforcements, especially in the No.6 role. The recent signing of Wataru Endo has filled this void. However, Klopp hinted that there might be room for one more addition before the transfer window closes.
Acting swiftly is crucial for Liverpool, as waiting until the last moment could complicate their chances of securing Gravenberch. The Dutchman’s frustration with limited game time at Bayern Munich makes him a prime target. Consequently, Liverpool are hoping to capitalize on his situation.
Interest from Rivals
Liverpool isn’t the only club eyeing Gravenberch, with Manchester United also expressing interest in the midfielder. However, it’s crucial to note that Gravenberch’s potential reunion with former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag could be a decisive factor. Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Gravenberch is pushing for a move to England, despite Bayern Munich’s reluctance to sell.
If Bayern eventually agrees to let Gravenberch go, a reported fee of €50 million (£43 million) may be necessary to secure his services.
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