According to reports from Italy, Liverpool have submitted an offer for one of their long-standing midfield transfer targets and received a swift reply.
Tuttomercatoweb have claimed that the Reds put forward a bid of €48m (£41.1m) for Ryan Gravenberch, although it has been promptly rejected by Bayern Munich, who want to keep the Dutchman ‘at all costs’ despite his apparent eagerness to leave.
Christian Falk has suggested that the 21-year-old is keen on a move to the Premier League, having struggled for game-time in the Bundesliga, and that Thomas Tuchel has given permission for him to depart the Allianz Arena.
Considering that Bayern purchased Gravenberch for just £16m from Ajax (GOAL), we’re a little surprised that they’ve turned their nose up at Liverpool’s reported offer which’d enable them to make a >150% profit on a bit-part player.
The Dutchman has started a paltry three Bundesliga games for Tuchel’s side since his move from Amsterdam last summer (WhoScored), so it’s not as if the Bavarians would be dispensing with a core presence of their squad.
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Nonetheless, we’d be inclined to take this report with a pinch of salt, given that their claim of Bayern’s desperation to keep the 21-year-old clashes with Falk’s suggestion that the manager is fine with selling him.
Even with three midfielders already brought in during the summer, the numerous exits in that department from Anfield would make another addition quite welcome, particularly with some of Jurgen Klopp’s current options nursing injuries.
Ideally, Liverpool can tempt the Bundesliga champions with an irrefusable offer between now and next Friday’s transfer deadline.