According to journalist Dean Jones, Liverpool may be given the opportunity to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.
Earlier this month, Liverpool completed their first signing of the summer when they secured a £35m deal for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.
Since then, the Reds have been linked with many players to further bolster their midfield presence but have not made any solid moves at present.
Gravenberch is one of the players who has been linked with a move to Merseyside this summer and it is reported that he would be available for around £22m, should Jurgen Klopp and his new sporting director Jorg Schmadtke choose to act upon their interest.
The young Bayern Munich ace has recently spoken out about his difficult time with the Bundesliga champions, as his game time has been limited to just three league starts and the midfielder has struggled to regularly feature.
Speaking to ESPN (via The Mirror), Gravenberch revealed:
“I want to play, but the manager is picking other players. I have to accept it, but it’s difficult. I was hoping for more minutes but I have to stay calm. I told everyone that I don’t want another year like that. Of course, you can’t always be in the starting XI, but you can still play regularly – you can get a lot of minutes.”
As a result, Liverpool could now be set to offer the 21-year-old an attractive project to become a part of and could increase his game time if he agrees to join this summer.
This led to Jones making a claim about Gravenberch’s future – the journalist told GIVEMESPORT:
“We’ve seen how he wanted to find out from Bayern Munich, whether there was any scope for him to stay there.”
“It hasn’t sounded so far like he’s had any guarantees that there will be. You know, Bayern actually have not got many midfield options at the moment. So I think it’s something they need to address themselves, too. They’ll probably need to sign somebody. But certainly that Gravenberch door might yet be opened for Liverpool.”
Our thoughts on Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool…
Considering the fact that Gravenberch hasn’t been given the consistent minutes to display his talent and skills, there is no doubt that he will likely be looking at his options to leave.
Liverpool are currently in a position where they desperately need to improve the quality of the performances in the centre of the pitch next season, as well as identifying players who can become the next generation of success for the club.
The Dutchman would be in good company at Anfield with his compatriots Virgil van Dijk and Cody Gakpo thriving under the guidance of Klopp and now Gravenberch could become the German coach’s latest prodigy.
As per FBref, the Munich outcast ranks in the top 15% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for shots on goal, progressive passes received and shot-creating actions, as well as ranking in the top 20% for successful take-ons over the last 12 months, .
Gravenberch – who is a product of the famous Ajax academy – has been mostly deployed in a central midfield position but has also earned experience in the deeper defensive role too, making him a versatile prospect for Klopp.
The Netherlands international is currently competing in the U21 European championship so he is definitely one to watch for Liverpool fans this summer, as he could be a valuable asset in the short-term to bolster depth in midfield and could also be a wise long-term investment who could reach his full potential at Anfield.