With Liverpool reportedly losing interest in signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund due to finances, the Reds are looking elsewhere with Bayern Munich’s Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch potential target.
The need to revitalise the Reds’ midfield is a widely acknowledged fact and it had been thought that Jürgen Klopp had prioritised signing Jude Bellingham this summer. However, the combination of transfer fee and potential wages are seemingly ruling the Merseysiders out of the running.
The Anfield club could instead turn their attention to Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, who is unlikely to want to spend another season on the Allianz Arena substitutes bench. The 20-year-old signed from Ajax last summer for €18.5 million but has only made one Bundesliga start this season amongst his seventeen appearances. The player has expressed his dissatisfaction on numerous occasions and repeated his frustration earlier this week.
“I definitely hoped and expected that I would play more at Bayern Munich . So far it hasn’t worked out as expected,” Gravenberch told the Ajax Showtime portal this week. “Ideally, I would like to be successful at Bayern. But if that doesn’t work out and I don’t get any chances, then maybe I should look elsewhere.”
His chances of increased game time under new coach Thomas Tuchel look far from optimistic with Bayern confirming the signing of Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig this week. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka remain first-choice players, while 17-year-old Paul Wanner could also compete for a squad place next season. Rumours also contend that Tuchel could be set to raid former club Chelsea for midfielder Mason Mount adding more competition to the Bayern midfield area and reducing Gravenberch’s prospects further still.
The Dutch youngster was seen as rising start of European football whilst at Ajax, but has seen a year pretty much wasted at the Allianz Arena- a season which ultimately cost him a place in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for the World Cup.
Given a fair crack of the whip Gravenberch could and should be a long-term hope for Bayern, but it’s unclear how long his patience will last and whether Bayern can turn down an enticing offer.