Liverpool transfers: Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch in Anfield move talks | Transfer Center News

Liverpool are in talks with Bayern Munich over Ryan Gravenberch.

As revealed Sky Sports NewsThe midfielder was on Jurgen Klopp’s midfield shortlist last summer before opting for the Bundesliga side rather than moving to Anfield.

Sky Sports News also revealed in April Gravenberch was excited by the opportunity to get his development back on track at Liverpool.

Talks with Bayern aim to determine the 21-year-old’s value before a formal offer is submitted if a deal is suitable for all parties. Liverpool are evaluating several midfield options before the window closes.

The Netherlands international was on a shortlist of options that also included Aurélien Tchouameni, Enzo Fernandez, Nicolo Barella and the then unavailable Jude Bellingham for the Premier League club to strengthen their midfield ahead of this season.

Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Friday February 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Enzo Fernandez was previously on Liverpool’s radar

Bayern quickly agreed a deal for Ajax’s Gravenberch to beat Liverpool and other European rivals, but he has only had 711 minutes of playing time since that move, with Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka favoring him.

Ryan’s agent is now Jose Fortes Rodrigues de Raiola. Rafaela Pimenta, who previously worked for the player, is no longer part of the Raiola organization.

So far there has been no concrete offer, while Gravenberch – who was signed from Ajax last summer for €18m – would be the fourth midfielder Liverpool have signed this summer.

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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool can challenge Manchester City and become their biggest rivals again, but they need to strengthen their squad.

Bayern are ready to sell the player, valued at between £30m (€35m) and £34m (€40m). Gravenberch dropped to fourth in Bayern’s midfield, after Kimmich, Goretzka and Konrad Laimer.

Sky Germany report that Bayern would like to sign a replacement first. Discussions have been held with Fulham over Joao Palhinha but no offers have been received. Eric Dier is also an option.

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Saudi Professional League side Al Ittihad have placed Liverpool’s Joe Gomez at the top of their list of defensive targets and are planning an approach once they resolve their pursuit of Mo Salah.

Ajax also reportedly had a seven and a half percent sell-on clause in their deal with Bayern last summer for Gravenberch.

The German champions rebuffed loan requests for the midfielder in January, including from his former manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United then signed Marcel Sabitzer on a temporary contract.

Gravenberch was among United’s options in the current window, but they continue with a move for Sofyan Amrabat.

Analysis: “He’s a better version of Pogba”

Ryan Gravenberch
Gravenberch made 27 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last season.

“He has a lot of ability, especially in attack, but he understands hard work,” Ten Hag once analyzed about Gravenberch, and it’s a succinct description.

Physically imposing, he is agile, as well as an elite ball carrier and receiver. Having largely operated on the left side of a double pivot, Gravenberch can play in midfield and is very active linking up in the final third.

A progressive passer who incites in the preparation phase, he uses his body intelligently either to conceal where he wants to deliver the ball or to protect possession.

Gravenberch’s ability to protect, roll his marker and head into space was noticed by new Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel, who highlighted that the youngster could “turn and dribble very well”.

Brian Tevreden, who promoted 12-year-old Gravenberch to Ajax’s U15s, believes he has shades of Paul Pogba in his game.


“Physically I see Frank Rijkaard because he is big and very strong. But technically I would say he is a better version of Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of technique and presence on the pitch.” , Tevreden said. “He’s very dominant like Pogba, and that’s what I see in Ryan.”

With experience of major tournaments at international level, impressive performances in the Champions League, natural leadership qualities and almost a century of senior appearances at his age, it is no surprise that Gravenberch is desperate to return to play regularly.

Talk to Show time at Ajaxthe Amsterdam native – who became the Eredevisie’s youngest debutant when Ten Hag gave him his breakthrough at 16 – said: “In my career I never really had a setback until this season. I have always been a great talent and I joined the Ajax first team at a very young age. For me, this season is just the first season where I have struggled and little of playing time.

“As a player you also improve through such experiences. I’m still very young and I’m happy to experience something like this now instead of experiencing it for the first time later in my career.

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Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg reveals that Liverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, but the club are unlikely to sell the player this summer.

“I am mentally strong and making even better progress in this situation. This is how I try to turn this experience into something positive. I stay strong.

“I prefer to succeed at Bayern. But if it doesn’t work out and I don’t get any opportunities, maybe I should look elsewhere.

“At the moment, however, it doesn’t worry me so much and I hope I can change my situation at Bayern. I am still convinced of my choice and I don’t regret it at all.

“I had certainly hoped and also expected to play more at Bayern. So far, things haven’t gone as planned. For me, it’s a shame, but I handle it well.

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