Manchester United and Liverpool have both been given the green light to pursue a deal for Ryan Gravenberch after Fabrizio Romano confirmed the player is pushing to quit Bayern Munich and move to the Premier League.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool have endured mixed summers on the transfer market. The Merseysiders started with aplomb, signing both Alexis MacAllister and Dominik Szoboszlai for a combined £95 million fee. But since then, they have missed out on two leading targets in Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, while also seeing stalwarts Fabinho and Jordan Henderson move on.
As a result of missing out on the £160 million pair at Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp and co. are now scrambling around for alternatives. And given the numbers that have departed from their midfield this summer, Klopp still wants a least two new midfield signings, ideally three, before the window shuts.
As for United, there summer transfer plans appear to have ground to a halt. Having spent their allocated £175 million budget, any further additions at Old Trafford are solely reliant on player departures. However, with the biggest departure of all in Harry Maguire no nearer the exit door, Erik ten Hag’s prospects of adding to his squad look bleak.
Nonetheless, he will continue to live in hope, and a few other key exits could yet help ease their FFP concerns.
To that end, United and Liverpool are both sniffing around two midfield targets in both Sofyan Amrabat and Gravenberch.
The former appears destined to sign for Liverpool after a Klopp-led intervention.
Romano Fabrizio confirms Gravenberch wants Premier League transfer
As far as Gravenberch goes, it appears to be a much more open race.
The Netherlands international moved to Bayern Munich last summer but found his game-time limited under both Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel.
And while Tuchel is keen to keep the former Ajax man around, Gravenberch has now decided he needs to move on for the good of his career.
Given both Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on a deal, it is easy to see why Gravenberch may be convinced to leave Bayern.
Now Romano has confirmed that the star, rated at €35m (£29.9m) by the Bundesliga champions, is pushing for a move away.