Fabrizio Romano declared Liverpool are ready to pull off a midfield coup if given the greenlight, and that may come if a crippling raid on Man Utd is completed, per reports.
Midfield additions are the order of the day at Anfield this summer. Arthur Melo will leave once his loan spell concludes, while as many as three further central midfielders could depart as free agents.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain look certain to leave. Jurgen Klopp has called for a one-year extension for vice-captain James Milner, though the decision will ultimately be made by those upstairs.
All manner of midfielders are known to be on the Reds’ radar. Liverpool are expected to sign “at least” two and more probably three recruits for the engine room, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Among those Liverpool have targeted is Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch. Indeed, Sky Sports previously reported the Reds had made a ‘strong pitch’ to the player’s camp.
It was said to have been received positively by Gravenberch and his father, Ryan senior, who helps ‘guide’ his son’s career.
The Times claimed a deal can be completed for a fee in the region of £25m. However, sources in Germany were quick to stress Bayern Munich don’t actually want to sell.
BILD’s Christian Falk was among those to pour cold water on the move. Bayern seemingly don’t wish to part ways with a player who hasn’t shown his best in Munich just yet, though aged just 20, still has time on his side.
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However, German outlet Kicker recently reported Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel is eyeing an all-star addition in central midfield this summer.
They claimed he’s installed Man Utd ace Casemiro as his primary midfield target. The prospect of a tantalising pairing between Casemiro and Joshua Kimmich seemingly has Tuchel weak at the knees.
With Leon Goretzka also on the books and Konrad Laimer due to join from RB Leipzig, a Casemiro addition would greatly diminish Gravenberch’s chances of ever becoming a regular in Germany.
If Casemiro were to be plucked from Man Utd, Bayern may become more receptive to cashing in on Liverpool target, Gravenberch.
In any case, a fresh update from Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the Reds are coiled and ready to strike, though Bayern’s stance is yet to change.
Romano tweeted Bayern’s outlook remains the same: Gravenberch will not be sold this summer.
A meeting has been scheduled between the club and player’s camp to offer clarity on his situation moving forward. Gravnberch is angling for more minutes and that is a subject that will be addressed in the discussions in May.
If Bayern relax their stance – perhaps due to lining up a new midfielder like Casemiro – Liverpool will be ready to move for Gravenberch.
In Romano’s words, “Liverpool are waiting for it”.