Liverpool have £41m bid ‘rejected’ for top Man Utd target as Klopp continues midfielder search

Liverpool transfer target Ryan Gravenberch Credit: Alamy
Liverpool transfer target Ryan Gravenberch Credit: Alamy

Liverpool have had a bid for Ryan Gravenberch turned down by Bayern Munich amid interest from Manchester United, according to reports.

The Reds are keen to sign another midfielder before the transfer deadline despite bringing in Wataru Endo last week in an £18m deal from Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai were brought in to cover the losses of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner, who all exited on free transfers this summer.

But it was the unexpected departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho that has seen Jurgen Klopp keen on dipping back into the transfer market this summer.

Gravenberch, Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone, Nice’s Khephren Thuram, Fluminense’s Andre and others have been linked with a late move to Anfield.

And it now seems Liverpool have set their sights on a deal for Bayern Munich’s Gravenberch with German football expert Christian Falk insisting today that they are leading the race over Man Utd to clinch the transfer.

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And now Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb claims Bayern Munich have received an ‘important offer’ of €48m (£41m) from Liverpool for the Netherlands international.

The Bavarians have apparently ‘rejected’ the offer as they want to keep Gravenberch at all costs despite the likelihood of him spending much of the season on the bench for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

But former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is convinced Gravenberch will end up at Anfield this summer as Klopp must improve his squad.

Sherwood said on Sky Sports: “If you looked at their squad at the moment, can they be the champions of the Premier League again? Absolutely not.

“But anything can happen in the next couple of weeks. I am sure Ryan Gravenberch will go in there, the midfield player from Bayern. He hasn’t played since he has been there.”

Liverpool forward Mo Salah has been linked with a move away from Anfield with Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad ready to put down huge money to seal a deal.

But Fabrizio Romano has dismissed the possibility of Salah leaving Liverpool this summer, he said: “Liverpool have been clear with Mo Salah and Al Ittihad – they have no intention to negotiate.

“The winger is considered NOT for sale. Al Ittihad’s astronomical contract bid to Salah remains valid to tempt the player; but the only way to make a move possible would be for Salah to force the move.”


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