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Klopp convinces key target to join Liverpool in £25m deal

Discussions between Liverpool and Bayern Munich over Ryan Gravenberch are ramping up with Jurgen Klopp having spoken to the player, according to reports.

The 21-year-old midfielder headed to Bavaria last year in a £16m deal from Ajax but was unable to nail down a regular role in the team and has only made three starts in the Bundesliga.

Despite his lack of game time, Bayern felt Gravenberch would establish himself at the Allianz Arena and have been reluctant to sell him.

But, that stance has changed in the past few days after Gravenberch told Bayern he wanted to leave in search of more regular football.

Also, he has failed to win over Thomas Tuchel and the Bayern boss is happy to cash in on the Netherlands international if it means he can use the funds to sign a new number six – something he has craved all summer.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have shown interest in signing Gravenberch but it is the Reds who are now pressing ahead with a deal.

According to BILD, an offer of €30m (£25m) from Liverpool is expected imminently and Klopp has spoken to Gravenberch.

The former Ajax player has been convinced to move to Anfield and feels he can start fulfilling his potential under Klopp, who believes the youngster is the perfect fit for Liverpool’s style and their current midfield demands.

Liverpool have signed Wataru Endo from Stuttgart, who is more of an out-and-out defensive midfielder, and Klopp feels the dynamic, box-to-box Gravenberch can complete his midfield.

According to SportBild, It is likely that Bayern will try and push for a fee close to €35m (£30m) but talks are moving quickly and all parties now expect the move to happen.

Bayern are also ramping up talks to try and sign Fulham’s Palhinha and are readying an offer worth €60m (£50m) plus bonuses for the Portugal international – though the London club want even more than that.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have not followed up on their interest in Gravenberch and are looking to try and secure a loan deal for Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat instead.

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