Friday, September 29, 2023

Liverpool open talks with Manchester United target Sofyan Amrabat and revive interest in Bayern Munich man

Manchester United target Sofyan Amrabat has held talks with Liverpool, talkSPORT understands.

Fiorentina midfielder Amrabat has been on Man United’s radar all summer, but talks are yet to develop, with the Red Devils wary of Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Amrabat is keen to seal his move to the Premier League this summer with Liverpool joining the raceGetty

And Liverpool are also coming back in for Bayern man Ryan GravenberchGetty

Amrabat starred in the Morocco team that reached the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar and talkSPORT can exclusively reveal Liverpool are looking to swoop in after missing out on the signings of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.

talkSPORT also understands Liverpool have revived their interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.

The Reds, who were linked with the Dutchman earlier in the transfer window, are hoping to persuade Bayern to sell Gravenberch having become increasingly desperate to rebuild their midfield.

They’ve signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai from Brighton and RB Leipzig respectively but later said goodbye to Fabinho and club captain Jordan Henderson. They also let James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave earlier in the summer.

Caicedo looked set to join the Reds after they agreed a £111million fee with Brighton but the Ecuadorian wanted to join Chelsea, a move he sealed earlier this week.

Jurgen Klopp then turned his attention to Lavia and Liverpool agreed a £60m fee with Southampton for him.

But like Caicedo did to them, Lavia snubbed Liverpool for Chelsea and is expected to complete his move to Stamford Bridge imminently.

Liverpool begun their 2023/24 season with a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, a match which highlighted their holes in midfield.

Liverpool are looking very bare in midfield and the season has already begun#Getty

Recent seasons have seen Liverpool up there in the Premier League title challenge but former player Didi Hamann insists that shouldn’t be a target for them this season.

“I think they are as far away as they were last season, if not further,” Hamann told talkSPORT.

“If they go into the season like this, if they don’t sign anymore players, I think top four will be a big success.

“I can’t see them challenging for the title, I watched Newcastle, Arsenal were a bit underwhelming, I think City will be there again and Chelsea won’t be far away as well.

“You’ve got to beat one or two of these teams to finish in the top four, I think that will be hard enough. Title challengers? I don’t see them as title challengers at all, and it remains to be seen who they do bring in.

“Fabinho, [James] Milner, [Jordan] Henderson, I know they’re coming to the end of their careers but they’ve lost a lot of grit and a lot of steel and a lot of identity and a lot of influence in the dressing room.

“They’ve only signed two players so far so if they were to go into the season like this or finish the transfer window as they do now with just two signings, I think top four will be a success.”

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