Liverpool have held a meeting to discuss a risky Bayern Munich transfer, though a top German source has explained why Jurgen Klopp is reliant on a huge favour from Thomas Tuchel.
The Reds have been forced into switching their attention away from Jude Bellingham when it comes to overhauling their midfield this summer.
Fabrizio Romano reported at least two and more likely three new central midfielders will be signed. Factoring in additions are also wanted at centre-back and full-back, Liverpool couldn’t afford to blow most of their budget on one player.
All manner of midfielders have been linked over the past 72 hours. Jurgen Klopp recently revealed his side are tracking no fewer than 12 midfielders during his latest press conference.
Among those known to be on the Reds’ radar include Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, Nicolo Barella and Ryan Gravenberch, to name just half.
Bayern Munich’s Gravenberch would represent something of a risk given how his first year in Bavaria has turned out.
Indeed, the Dutch international, 20, arrived from Ajax last summer, though has struggled to make his mark in Germany just yet. Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have proved too difficult to dislodge, something that Man Utd loanee Marcel Sabitzer also found out first-hand.
Gravenberch has racked up a measly 324 minutes of Bundesliga action this term. As such, he’s virtually unproven in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
However, that’s not stopped Liverpool from believing he has untapped potential. Indeed, BILD’s Christian Falk is the latest to detail their interest.
Falk tweeted Liverpool have held a meeting with Gravenberch’s agents in the aftermath of ending their Bellingham chase.
However, Klopp’s recruitment team face an uphill struggle to forge a deal, with Falk stressing Bayern ‘insist’ Gravenberch is ‘not for sale’.
Clearly, they’re not ready to give up on a player signed just last summer quite yet. As such, if Klopp is to add Gravenberch to his midfield ranks, he’ll be reliant on a U-turn from Bayern and more specifically, Thomas Tuchel.
The former Chelsea boss is expected to be given funding to reshape his squad as he sees fit. Kimmich and Goretzka will obviously remain, though if Tuchel seeks competition for the pair, Gravenberch could in theory be given the greenlight to leave.
That’s all hypothetical for the time being, however, and as of now Liverpool appear to be sleepwalking into a dead end for Gravenberch.