Manchester United ‘enter race to sign highly-rated Ajax youngster Ryan Gravenberch’ but face competition from Barcelona and Juventus for midfielder’s signature
- Manchester United are eyeing up a move for Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch
- The promising Dutch teenager is also wanted by Barcelona and Juventus
- Gravenberch featured against Liverpool in the Champions League last week
- He has scored four goals and made three assists in just 19 appearances for Ajax
Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on signing Ajax’s talented midfielder Ryan Gravenberch – but face competition from Barcelona and Juventus.
The 18-year-old has been attracting interest from a host of Europe’s biggest clubs after emerging from Ajax’s famed youth academy to then star in Erik ten Hag’s first team.
And according to the Mirror, the Red Devils are now in the race to sign the highly-rated midfielder, whose playing-style has been compared to the United’s French maestro Paul Pogba.
Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch
The report goes on to claim that the Eredivisie club will be reluctant to cash in on one of their most promising talents just yet, given that Gravenberch recently signed a new three-year deal with the club back in June.
However, after starring in Ajax’s 1-0 defeat by Liverpool last week, a number of Europe’s elite have started keeping tabs on him while an offer could be on the horizon in the next two windows.
Gravenberch has enjoyed a fine start to life as a professional footballer for the Amsterdam club, having made 19 appearances for the club while scoring four goals and making three assists.
The teenager’s efforts on the pitch have already been recognised by a wide audience after he made the final 20-man shortlist for this year’s Golden Boy award.
Gravenberch (left) featured against Liverpool in the Champions League last week
The 18-year-old Dutchman has been compared to United’s midfield maestro Paul Pogba
Gravenberch faces competition from Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood for the award, with the winner set to be announced before the end of the year.
Should United win the race to sign Gravenberch, he would follow in the footsteps of Ajax academy graduate Donny van de Beek, who completed his £40million move to Old Trafford earlier this summer.
Van de Beek’s move to the north west of England may come as a warning to Gravenberch, given the fact that his compatriot has struggled to nail down a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI as of yet.
Van de Beek did make a meaningful impact in United’s 5-0 demolition job of RB Leipzig on Wednesday but the Dutchman will need more minutes and consistent performances if he is to nail down a spot any time soon.
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