Ryan Gravenberch is expected to arrive on Merseyside this morning to finalize his £38.5m transfer from Bayern Munich to Liverpool.
The two clubs agreed a guaranteed fee of £34.3m, rising to £38.5m with add-ons, for the Dutch midfielder on Thursday. Liverpool had hoped to fly Gravenberch over on Thursday night to complete a medical and sign his contract.
However, the 21-year-old was forced to wait until this morning to make the trip, according to reports. It remains to be seen if Gravenberch can complete all the formalities in time to be registered for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.
The registration deadline for new players is 12pm today. Should the paperwork not be fully completed, Gravenberch’s Liverpool debut could be delayed until after the international break when the Reds travel to Wolves on 16th September.
Gravenberch will use the two-week international break to settle into his new surroundings on Merseyside. He has been left out of the latest Netherlands squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League matches.
His last international cap came in March 2022. He was part of the Netherlands U21 squad at the Euros this summer but has yet to fully establish himself in the senior setup.
Liverpool will be hoping the highly-rated Gravenberch can rediscover his best form at Anfield after struggling for minutes in his lone season at Bayern Munich. The Reds view him as an ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football.