Arsenal mulling up swoop for Bayern Munich ace but waiting on Thomas Tuchel decision
Arsenal are following Ryan Gravenberch’s position at Bayern Munich and might make a bid for the midfielder in the summer, according to sources in Germany.
The 20-year-old ran out his contract with Ajax before completing a £21million transfer to the Allianz Arena last summer, however he has failed to live up to that price tag thus far.
Gravenberch had established himself in the Netherlands’ first-team previous to the move, but he has lost his spot in the squad after making only one Bundesliga game for Bayern thus far.
Former manager Julian Nagelsmann did not appear to rate the young Dutchman, offering him with precious little opportunity to impress.
Bayern have a strong roster of excellent midfielders in their squad, with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Jamal Musiala all regular starts and ahead of Gravenberch in the pecking order.
Marcel Sabitzer also found playing time hard to come by in Bavaria as a result and was transferred out to Manchester United on loan in January, however even the Austrian’s exit did not generate greater opportunities for Gravenberch.
Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has not improved matters either, with the former Ajax starlet yet to debut under the new boss.
Now Sky Sport Germany are suggesting that Arsenal are keeping eyes on Gravenberch’s status and might make a play for him in the summer.
The Arsenal are anxious to add a new midfielder to their ranks when the transfer market reopens despite signing Jorginho from Chelsea and have been widely connected with more of a box-to-box, attacking player to give backup and competition for Granit Xhaka.
There have been no discussions yet, though, and there would be no promises that Gravenberch would receive any more game time at the Emirates than he presently does at the Allianz Arena – something that would play a crucial factor in his thinking if he does decide to move.
Any decision regarding Gravenberch’s future will be left up to Tuchel, who has only been in the position for a few weeks and will presumably want to see the midfielder in pre-season before tossing him aside.
Gravenberch arrived at Bayern with a big reputation and was hailed as a star of the future, with a number of teams – including Manchester United and old Ajax coach Erik ten Hag – clamouring for his signing.
Yet, he has notched up just 324 minutes of play in the Bundesliga — plus two additional starts in the Champions League – with his lone goal or assist coming in the DFB-Pokal Cup.