Liverpool transfer target Ryan Gravenberch reportedly failed to turn up for team training at Bayern Munich today as transfer negotiations between the Reds and FC Hollywood continue [via Christian Falk on Twitter].
Liverpool are not the only club who are interested in Gravenberch’s services – bitter rivals Manchester United have also been linked with a transfer move for the player in recent weeks. Despite this, it is believed that Gravenberch himself would be keen to make the jump to Anfield.
It is unclear how much Bayern will require for the Dutch international to leave the club – however, with three years remaining on his contract and at the age of just 21, it’s likely that the German giants will demand an extremely high fee for his services.
On his official Twitter account, Falk wrote: “Ryan Gravenberch was not [present] at the team training today. Negotiations between Bayern and Liverpool for the transfer are ongoing.”
Where would Ryan Gravenberch fit into the Liverpool squad?
Should Gravenberch be snapped up by Liverpool before the summer transfer window slams shut on September 1, he would likely slot into the defensive midfield role ahead of Stefan Bajcetic and Wataru Endo.
Endo has done a fine job since the Reds purchased him earlier in the window, but a superstar such as Gravenberch would likely command the lion’s share of playing time.
Moreover, he would certainly be worth playing more often than not. A complete midfielder, he possesses and excellent range of passing, is physically strong and has an indomitable work rate.
Do the Reds need another midfielder?
When the transfer window opened, manager Jurgen Klopp quickly set about completely overhauling Liverpool’s midfield, after it was exposed as their greatest weakness in the 2022/23 Premier League campaign. Players such as Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Arthur Melo all left the club.
Liverpool currently have seven players on their books who can play in central midfield – this number may drop to six, with Thiago rumoured to be leaving the club.
As such, bringing in Gravenberch would be an excellent move at this point. He would bring a touch of class to the Reds’ build up play – he will also give their midfielders a solid base to build attacks on.