Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the chase for a Bayern Munich player who could do with leaving the Allianz Arena this summer, although the move will only happen if Thomas Tuchel agrees to it, according to a German journalist.
Arsenal and Liverpool recently came head-to-head, as the Gunners travelled to Anfield on Sunday. Mikel Arteta’s side went 2-0 up inside half an hour thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus, as Liverpool struggled to keep up.
But Granit Xhaka then got involved in an altercation with Trent Alexander-Arnold, and this wound the home crowd up. Liverpool were given extra fire to get a goal back and did so in the 42nd minute through Mo Salah.
And Arsenal were left devastated when Roberto Firmino headed past Aaron Ramsdale late on, which saw the match end 2-2.
Arsenal will have known they should have picked up all three points after dominating for the first 40 minutes. Instead, they have dropped two crucial points in the title race and could yet be caught by Manchester City, who are six points behind but can benefit from a game in hand.
Arsenal and Liverpool also look set to come up against each other in the pursuit for Ryan Gravenberch’s signature.
The central midfielder joined Bayern Munich from Ajax in a £21million deal last summer. He has made 26 appearances in all competitions, but only five of these have lasted 45 minutes or more.
With Gravenberch struggling for game time, there have been rumours he might swap Bayern for a Premier League club. Liverpool are understood to be monitoring his situation ahead a potential bid, with Jurgen Klopp eager to get started on his midfield rebuild.
Liverpool must fend off Arsenal in midfielder hunt
Unfortunately for Klopp and Liverpool, they will face competition from Arsenal for Gravenberch. Sky Sport Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg states that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Gravenberch’s situation as well.
Arsenal are not actually in negotiations with Bayern for him just yet, although they could soon begin transfer talks. Arteta already has midfielders such as Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Jorginho in his squad, but the coach views Gravenberch as a clever signing to prepare for next season’s Champions League matches.
Plettenberg does not reveal the 20-year-old’s stance on a transfer away from Bayern. Although, the journalist does point out that he could be tempted by playing more often in England.
Plettenberg ends his tweet by revealing that the move ‘all depends on Tuchel’. The former Chelsea boss, who is now in charge of Bayern, will have the final say in either allowing Gravenberch to leave or deciding that he is needed in Bavaria.
Gravenberch would be a great signing for either Arsenal or Liverpool. While he has not really made his mark on Bayern, it must be remembered that he was considered one of the best young midfielders in Europe during his time at Ajax.
Despite being just 19, the Netherlands international played in 42 games for Ajax last season, helping them to win the Eredivisie, reach the final of the Dutch cup and make the Champions League round of 16.
Another factor to consider is Gravenberch’s potential cost. He should not be too expensive for Arsenal or Liverpool to sign due to the fact Bayern only paid £21m for him. Plus, he has not really been able to make himself more valuable during his struggles in Germany.
transfermarkt rate Gravenberch at €30m (£26.3m). Perhaps Arsenal and Liverpool will start the bidding there and see if they can tempt Tuchel into a sale.