Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is reportedly close to signing for Liverpool, according to former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique. The 20-year-old joined the Bundesliga champions from Ajax last summer but has struggled to impress boss Julian Nagelsmann, starting just four of his 24 appearances this season. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to refresh his ageing midfield in the next transfer window following Thiago Alcantara’s injury-plagued campaign and the indifferent form of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are also all out of contract this summer, meaning a major midfield rebuild is needed.
Enrique revealed that Liverpool have already started to reconstruct their midfield and appeared to confirm that Gravenberch is on his way to Anfield. Talking on a livestream, the Spanish defender was asked about Gravenberch and said: “This player is ours, amigo… he said ‘yeah’.” Enrique explained that the pair share the same representatives and revealed talks had taken place. “It’s the same agent as me, team Raiola,” he said. “We had a meeting not long ago in London, this is our player.”
Liverpool have also been linked with another Bundesliga talent in Jude Bellingham but face a fight on their hands to land the talented 19-year-old with Real Madrid and Manchester City among the interested parties. Wolves duo Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes are both also reportedly being tracked by Klopp, with Neves entering the final year of his deal at Molineux. Fulham sensation Joao Palhinha has also been linked with a switch to Anfield, although Manchester United are also keen on the Portuguese.
Liverpool’s midfield has been a problem area for them this season, with injuries and poor form contributing to their struggles. The Reds have been linked with a number of players in recent months as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of next season. Gravenberch would be an exciting addition to Klopp’s side, with the Dutch midfielder regarded as one of the brightest young talents in European football.
Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing season that has seen them fall well behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race. The Reds have also been knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Real Madrid. Klopp will be keen to add some fresh faces to his squad in the summer as he looks to mount a serious challenge for silverware next season.
Gravenberch has shown glimpses of his potential during his time at Bayern Munich but has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Nagelsmann. The Dutch midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in recent months, with Liverpool emerging as one of his potential suitors. Gravenberch would add some much-needed creativity and energy to Liverpool’s midfield, which has lacked those qualities at times this season.
Liverpool fans will be hoping that Enrique’s comments are accurate and that Gravenberch will be joining the club in the summer. The Reds have been linked with a number of players in recent months but have yet to make any significant moves in the transfer market. Klopp will be keen to get his business done early in the summer as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for silverware next season.