THOMAS TUCHEL appears to have confirmed Ryan Gravenberch will complete a Deadline Day transfer to Liverpool.
The Bayern Munich coach spoke to the media ahead of the club’s clash with Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Gravenberch initially only played on the bench for Bayern in the opening game of the Bundesliga season, but has remained outside ever since.
However, Tuchel has now explained why the Dutchman has struggled to fit into his system and why he is therefore moving to Liverpool – with the deal expected to cost £34million.
The former Chelsea manager said: “To me he’s a midfielder who plays from box to box, an attacking player.”
“The main problem for him is that we don’t really play with the number 8 in our 4-2-3-1 system. And we’re spoiled for choice up front, with really experienced players.”
Thanks to Jurgen Klopp’s penchant for playing with three central midfielders, Gravenberch should fit the Reds system like a glove.
Tuchel also revealed that the 21-year-old was dissatisfied with his situation in Munich.
He continued, “Ryan is a very nice, hardworking and dedicated player. He wasn’t happy with his situation.”
“He sees a chance in Liverpool to fight for a place in the eighth in a 4-3-3.”
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“He’s wanted to leave for a while. An offer came and we talked about it. It’s not finished yet, but the result is clear.”
Gravenberch is reportedly in Merseyside to undergo a medical before signing a five-year contract at Anfield.
As for the upcoming deals for the Germans, SunSport believe Bayern are negotiating with Fulham over Joao Palhinha.
However, the two sides are yet to agree on a deal as the Cottagers fight hard to keep the player previously targeted by Manchester United and Tottenham.
Klopp has also downplayed talk of a shock departure of mascot Mohamed Salah amid Saudi Arabian interest.
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