Third Liverpool transfer to be hijacked as target 'wants' Man Utd after interest revived

While Liverpool have looked at Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure but he could cost as much as £60m, while previous targets Manu Kone and Khephren Thuram could come back in the fold – especially if United are successful in pinching Gravenberch away from them.

The Dutchman is thought to be ready to leave Bayern, despite his publicly claiming that he wants to stay at the club. When asked for his view on a lack of minutes at Bayern last season, Gravenberch told Dutch outlet AD: “The difference from playing everything at Ajax to sitting on the bench for eighty or even ninety minutes each time was both physically and mentally tough.

“I found that especially difficult before the winter break. Now I handle it better. I assume that I will still be playing for Bayern next season. That’s really how I feel about it. I’m in a top-three club in the world. I think that’s beautiful and special. I’m not giving up easily. My goal is still to succeed at Bayern.”