Liverpool and Manchester United have renewed hope of luring Ryan Gravenberch to England after a report revealed a growing rift over a surprise transfer plan at Bayern Munich.
Gravenberch, 21, has emerged as a late-window option for both Liverpool and Man Utd. Both English heavyweights have been courting the Dutch midfielder since long before the summer window opened. However, despite Gravenberch’s limited impact in Bavaria since arriving from Ajax, it was anticipated Bayern would block a sale.
That isn’t likely to please Gravenberch who TEAMtalk revealed on Tuesday has his heart set on moving to the Premier League.
Among the main factors in his desire to leave Bayern is his Euro 2024 ambitions. Gravenberch is understood to believe playing regularly next season is crucial to ensuring he features prominently for the Netherlands next summer.
Fabrizio Romano revealed both the Reds and Red Devils made fresh contacts over a potential Gravenberch swoop last week.
But with Bayern seemingly reluctant to sell, the two clubs are keeping their options open.
Man Utd remain interested in Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina. Elsewhere, ESPN Brazil claimed Liverpool have seen a €30m offer knocked back by Fluminense for Brazil international, Andre.
However, according to a fresh update from the Athletic, there is a chance Gravenberch could yet be signed.
Tuchel at odds with Bayern over Gravenberch
Explaining why, the report revealed manager Thomas Tuchel has now ‘indicated that he would sanction a move’.
The former Chelsea boss reportedly wants to use any proceeds from a permanent sale to sign a specialist holding midfielder. Gravenberch primarily operates in more of a box-to-box role, though rarely sees action for Bayern anyway.
Tuchel’s desire to land a holding midfielder is somewhat surprising given the club already landed Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig as a free agent earlier this window.
Indeed, the Athletic note Bayern chiefs don’t share Tuchel’s view and believe another addition at the base of midfield is unnecessary.
If Bayern get their way, Gravenberch will be retained. Conversely, if Tuchel strong-arms the club into adopting his view, Gravenberch could yet change clubs before the September 1 deadline rolls around.