It could be a busy end to deadline day at Anfield as Liverpool battle interest from Saudi Arabia in Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp targets a surprise late signing.
The Reds have spent as much of the market focusing on the players vacating Merseyside as much as Klopp has spent rebuilding his ranks. Liverpool have refreshed his engine room with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai after selling both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
Efforts to improve the German’s team continued on deadline day, too. Liverpool have fought to add Ryan Gravenberch to their ranks with a last-minute transfer from Bayern Munich. But Klopp’s focus as the window wound down was also on ensuring Salah remained at Anfield.
Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch nears a transfer to Liverpool
According to the Mirror (01/09, 15:30), Gravenberch has completed a medical for Liverpool ahead of his £35m deadline day transfer from Bayern Munich. The Reds are now waiting for Der FCB to sign a replacement for the Dutchman with Fulham’s Joao Palhinha sought after.
Bayern Munich replacing Gravenberch is the only thing holding up the 21-year-old’s switch to Anfield. The Bundesliga powerhouse have agreed to sell him to Liverpool after struggling to gain a role in Bavaria last season. He endured a disappointing debut season for the club.
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Gravenberch only scored once and assisted one goal through 34 appearances with Der FCB after quitting AFC Ajax. He further only started six games and played a total of 946 minutes across all competitions. But Gravenberch is confident of fighting for his role with Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp eyes a surprise transfer for Sunderland’s Dan Neil
Liverpool are also in the market for another surprise midfield addition in the shape of Dan Neil from Sunderland. Mike McGrath of The Telegraph reports that Anfield chiefs have put the 21-year-old on their shopping list. But he is sought after among Premier League teams.
The England Under-20 international is sought after having featured regularly in League One and the Championship. Liverpool have scouted Neil’s efforts for Sunderland, too, where he has enjoyed 110 appearances. The 21-year-old has also scored seven and assisted 13 goals.
Bobby Clark closes in on a loan move away from Anfield
While Gravenberch and possibly Neil arrive at Liverpool, Bobby Clark is closing in on a loan move away from Anfield. The Liverpool Echo reports that Derby County are just waiting for Klopp to give them the green light to finalise a move. Clark will also pen a new contract first.
Liverpool are primed to give Clark a new, five-year contract before he heads out on loan on deadline day. Derby want to take him to League One after failing to remain in Klopp’s team beyond pre-season at Anfield. It would be the 18-year-old’s first loan move in his career yet.
Liverpool fight Saudi Arabian interest in Mohamed Salah
One player Klopp desperately hopes stays at Liverpool past deadline day is Salah, though. 90min notes that Al-Ittihad – owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) – are prepared to smash the world record to sign the winger. They may yet bid more than £200m.
Liverpool have already rejected a £150m bid by Al-Ittihad for Salah but the Pro League side are unrelenting. The PIF wants to sign the Egyptian at any cost with the winger open to their pursuit. Salah has even also already reached an agreement in principle over personal terms.
Georginio Wijnaldum is set for a Reds reunion in Saudi Arabia
Salah is not the only Liverpool player that the Saudi Pro League has targeted after Al-Ettifaq signed Henderson. Now, the England midfielder could even be set for a Reds reunion in the Middle East with Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman has agreed to join him at Al-Ettifaq.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Paris Saint-Germain will sell Wijnaldum to Al-Ettifaq for over €9m (£8m). The side managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard have a verbal agreement with Wijnaldum for a three-year contract, as well. Gerrard called Wijnaldum mere days ago.