Liverpool have seemingly suffered a massive blow in their pursuit of Ryan Gravenberch after the Dutch midfielder admitted he believes that he will remain at Bayern Munich beyond this summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are in the market for another midfielder, having already sealed the £35million signing of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton. They had identified Gravenberch as one of their next targets and were hoping to capitalise on the 21-year-old’s desire for more game time 5o strike the deal.
The Dutch midfielder left his boyhood club Ajax to join Bayern last summer but was limited to just three Bundesliga starts in his first season at the club after falling out of favour under Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel. He recently admitted that he expected to play more, and Klopp has given Liverpool the green light to pursue him.
But the Reds’ chances of landing Gravenberch have been dealt a blow after he claimed he has unfinished business in Germany.
“I assume I will still play here next season,” he told Algemeen Dagblad via Sportsmail.
“That’s really how I feel. I’m at a top-three club in the world. I find that beautiful and special. I won’t give that up just like that. My goal is still to succeed at Bayern.”
With Gravenberch seemingly out of the picture, Liverpool will now focus on pursuing other midfield targets. The Premier League giants have also been linked with Manu Kone, Khephren Thuram and Gabri Veiga.