18 July 2024

Deadline now:Liverpool finally complete the signing deal  worth £43.m star .

Liverpool wants to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch before the transfer deadline and faces a race against time in order to get the deal done

Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich during a pre-season friendly against Man City.
Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich during a pre-season friendly against Man City. (Image: Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Liverpool is facing a tight deadline as it races against time to secure the signing of Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich.

The club opened transfer talks with the Bundesliga champion to sign the midfielder on Thursday before The Athletic broke the news that a $43m (£34m/€40m) deal has been agreed. With the transfer window closing on Friday, Liverpool has less than 36 hours to complete its move for the talented Netherlands international, who will now travel for a medical.

Bayern has been reluctant to let go of Gravenberch throughout the summer but it has now given him permission to leave on the condition that they can find a suitable replacement before the transfer window closes. This puts Liverpool under even more pressure to finalize the transfer quickly as they have to meet Bayern’s own deadline.

If the Reds want to have Gravenberch available for the Premier League match against Aston Villa on Sunday, they face an even tighter race. According to Premier League rules, any deadline day signing must be registered by 12pm UK time on Friday in order to be eligible to play in the weekend’s matches.

Liverpool knows they have a limited amount of time to reach an agreement with Bayern and complete Gravenberch’s transfer before the midday cut-off point on Friday. While it may seem like a challenging task, it is not impossible for the Reds to meet the deadline.

But even if they manage to sign Gravenberch in time, his limited playing time at Bayern so far this season and his lack of familiarity with his potential new teammates would likely restrict him to a substitute role at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool fans may have to wait until after the September international break to see the 21-year-old  or any other deadline day arrival — in action.

The club is also on the hunt for a new center-back to add to Jürgen Klopp’s squad. Liverpool’s first match after the international break is against Wolves on September 16, followed by a Europa League group-stage fixture on September 21 and a home game against West Ham United on

If Gravenberch is signed, it remains to be seen if he would be eligible to face Villa as international clearance would also be required. Liverpool will hope to have the former Ajax player fully integrated into the team by the time they return to action after the break. The German transfer deadline also closes six hours before the English one, meaning Bayern would need to source a replacement before then.

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This article was crafted with the help of AI tools, based on a piece first written by Theo Squires for the Liverpool ECHO. You can read the original piece by clicking here. A Liverpool.com news editor reviewed this content before it was published. You can report any errors to matt.addison@reachplc.com.


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