According to journalist Manuel Bonke, Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Ryan Gravenberch. The Premier League giants recently missed out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia and have now turned their focus towards the Bayern Munich man.
Liverpool Eye Ryan Gravenberch to Strengthen Their Midfield
Liverpool Senior Officials Arrive in Germany
The six-time Champions League winners were recently dealt a blow in the transfer market when their midfield targets, Caicedo and Lavia, ended up signing for domestic rivals Chelsea. The focus since then has shifted towards finding other targets to bolster the Central Midfield position. Gravenberch’s situation at Bayern appears to have piqued the interest of the 2019 Champions League winners.
The Head of Recruitment and Chief Scout at Liverpool have reportedly travelled to Germany in order to get more information on the player and the club’s stance to accelerate the deal. This signifies the Merseyside club’s increased interest in bringing the midfielder to England.
Bayern No Longer Ruling Out Ryan Gravenberch Sale
The reports that came out of Germany earlier revealed the discussions that happened at Bayern‘s internal meeting regarding their activities in the transfer market. The future of Gravenberch was also discussed in the meeting. The German giants would be willing to let go of the former Ajax man if a suitable offer is received. This is a major boost for the English side since the Bavarians had previously made it clear that the midfielder is not for sale.
The Premier League club is believed to be willing to pay close to £20 million for the Netherlands international. This could well turn out to be a bargain fee if the player manages to fulfil the potential that he displayed in his time at the Dutch capital. A change of scenery might help his cause.
Who Is Gravenberch and What Will He Bring to Liverpool?
The Dutch talent is a product of the highly esteemed Ajax youth academy. At 6’2″ he is physically robust in his playing style. The “exceptional talent” usually plays in a midfield double pivot as a box-to-box midfielder. Despite his big frame, the 21-year-old has extremely quick feet and is very agile in his movements. He is very good at progressing the ball up the pitch. The young midfielder tends to receive the ball in deep areas before using his long strides or passing range to move the ball upfield.
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The Reds midfield currently lacks a physical presence. The likes of Thiago, Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones are all technical players not known for their physical prowess. New signing Alexis Mac Allister and Gravenberch can make a formidable double-pivot duo since both these players are equally adept at progressing the play and breaking up opposition attacks. The former Eredivisie star can provide the perfect balance of physicality and technical ability to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.