Liverpool ‘want’ to complete ‘shock’ move for Championship star after Gravenberch transfer

Joe Williams
Liverpool transfer target Dan Neil
Dan Neil has been linked with a last-minute move to Liverpool.

Premier League side Liverpool are weighing up a move on deadline day for Sunderland midfielder Dan Neil, according to reports.

The Reds are hoping to finalise a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch before the transfer deadline with the Netherlands international arriving in Liverpool to complete the move.

Fabrizio Romano and other reporters have confirmed that Gravenberch will sign for an initial €4om and sign a five-year deal at Anfield.

Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool, here we go! €40 million plus €5 million in add-ons and a five-year deal. Player flew to Liverpool last night. Agreement in place and medical tests booked.”

And Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed the midfielder’s departure in his press conference on Friday, he said: “He wasn’t happy with his situation here as he sees the chance in Liverpool to fight for a place in a 433. He’s wanted to go for a while. An offer came in, we discussed it. The outcome is clear.”

But there is a chance Liverpool may not be done there with their transfer business before the deadline with Football Insider claiming they ‘want to sign’ Sunderland midfielder Neil.

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It is understood Liverpool are ‘exploring a shock deadline-day move’ for the Sunderland youngster and the Reds have been ‘monitoring Neil for the last 12 months and they see him as someone who could help fill the void left by Jordan Henderson’s departure to Saudi Arabia in the long term’.

Despite agreeing a deal for Gravenberch, Liverpool still ‘have a strong interest’ in Neil, who has contributed a goal and an assist in Sunderland’s first four Championship fixtures of the season.

Liverpool could face competition from Crystal Palace, Brentford and Burnley in the final hours of the transfer window but the Reds ‘are keen to add Neil to the imminent signing of Gravenberch after losing a number of midfield options earlier this summer’.

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has questioned why imminent signing Gravenberch didn’t play for Bayern Munich more last season.

“I don’t know. I understand he’s 21. And I understand the very point we’ve just made that Klopp and his culture and his club makes players better,” Nicol told ESPN.

“But my worry would be, why did this guy not play more last season when Bayern Munich were probably the worst version of Bayern Munich for the last decade, why he didn’t get on the field more? You’re talking about three or four appearances. That’s the worrying thing to me.”