According to the Athletic’s James Pearce, Liverpool had positive discussions with the father of one of their key targets
While the Reds have dropped out of the race to sign Jude Bellingham, Jurgen Klopp is expected to revamp his midfield this summer.
The Athletic have stated that they are looking for at least two, if not three, midfielders in the upcoming transfer window.
Indeed, Liverpool’s senior recruitment staff have reportedly held discussions in recent weeks to determine who would be available of the players they’ve been tracking, and what fee they would command.
There will also be several departures, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner all set to be released, and Arthur Melo returning to Juventus after an injury-plagued season-long loan.
Liverpool has positive discussions with Gravenberch’s father.
In the last few weeks, the Merseyside club has been linked with Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Alexis Mac Allister, and Moises Caicedo.
Liverpool is also interested in Bayern Munich’s Gravenberch, and according to Pearce, the club has held “positive” talks with the 20-year-old’s father, Ryan Snr.
Liverpool representatives allegedly met with Ryan Snr earlier this month in the Netherlands.
The player is frustrated by his lack of playing time at Bayern, as he has only made one Bundesliga start in 28 appearances. In turn, he is said to be open to moving to Anfield this summer.
However, convincing Bayern to do business is a major hurdle, according to Pearce, with the Bundesliga club currently insisting he is not for sale.
Gravenberch would also command a high fee. Bayern signed him for just £22 million last summer and, given his talent, would expect a significant profit on that fee.
Long before a disappointing season in Germany, the player was on Liverpool’s radar, and if he signs with the Reds, Virgil Van Dijk could play a key role.