Liverpool are set for a deadline day signing with Ryan Gravenberch having travelled to Merseyside to complete a move from Bayern Munich. The 21 year old will become the club’s fourth midfield addition of this transfer window. Here are the full details of the Ryan Gravenberch transfer to Liverpool.
While not quite the proven elite level player that Jurgen Klopp may have been hoping for, Gravenberch will at least add some much needed depth in the squad and he’s unquestionably a player with considerable potential.
The Dutch international has a fair amount of experience for a player so young, having appeared 26 times in European competitions, as well as the 11 appearances for his country. He was a regular in the Ajax team during his final two years in Amsterdam, with a difficult season in Munich where he struggled for regular minutes, the only real career setback so far for the promising midfielder.
Ryan Gravenberch transfer – Full details
🚨 Ryan Gravenberch is on Merseyside to undergo medical this morning before completing €40m transfer from Bayern Munich to Liverpool. If all goes to plan 21yo Netherlands midfielder will sign 5yr contract @TheAthleticFC #LFC #FCBayern #TransferDeadlineDay https://t.co/90OSAp2ZWj
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 1, 2023
Ryan Gravenberch has already travelled to Merseyside and assuming there are no late hitches with his medical, he will complete a €40m transfer with the fee potentially rising to €45m with add-ons.
That’s in the same ballpark as the amount Liverpool paid Brighton for Alexis Mac Allister earlier this summer and would push the club’s total spend in this transfer window to just shy of £150m. All of that money has been spent on midfielders with big holes to fill in the centre of the park following the departures of the likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Naby Keita.
Bayern Munich will see this deal as good business. They are set to more than double their money on a player who joined them for €18.5m last summer. That’s some return given the Dutchman was restricted to just 3 Bundesliga starts in a difficult transition to life in one of Europe’s top leagues.
However, under Jurgen Klopp, Gravenberch will be working with a manager who has a good track record when it comes to developing and improving young players. With the 21 year old expected to sign a five year contract, the player will be looking to get his career back on track and if he lives up to his early potential at Ajax, Liverpool could potentially have a player who ends up being worth considerably more than this initial €40m fee.
What will Gravenberch bring to Liverpool?
Tuchel confirms Gravenberch set to join Liverpool: “He wasn't happy with his situation here as he sees the chance in Liverpool to fight for a place in a 433”. 🔴🇳🇱 #DeadlineDay
“He's wanted to go for a while. An offer came in, we discussed it. The outcome is clear”. pic.twitter.com/H7UuyJ6rhC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2023
Liverpool will have an eye on both the present and the future with this signing. While it’s clear that they initially wanted to sign a holding midfielder who had proven his ability to perform in the Premier League, Klopp will most likely be relieved to have just got another player through the door as his squad was looking very thin in terms of holding midfield options.
Gravenberch will compete with recent signing Wataru Endo for the right to be the deepest lying member of Liverpool’s three-man midfield. Endo, who also arrived from the Bundesliga, is considerably the more experienced option but Klopp is not afraid to put his faith in youth when he truly believes in a player.
The transfer means Liverpool will most likely line up with a completely new midfield in upcoming matches. That was already the case in the last match where they staged a remarkable late comeback with 10 men to win at Newcastle with Endo lining up for his dull debut, alongside fellow new boys Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai in midfield.
There will most likely be rotation in upcoming Europa League games which should be a gentler introduction to life in a Liverpool shirt for Gravenberch and once he settles, he’ll be hoping to edge past Endo as Klopp’s preferred Premier League holding midfield option.