Manchester United appear destined to miss the signing of much-requested Ajax sensation Ryan Gravenberch after his agent opened talks with Juventus.
United’s transfer policy is to recruit the best young talent from around the world. For example, they have secured deals for companies like Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo in recent months. Gravenberch has recently emerged as another target, having stood out since being promoted to Ajax’s first team in 2018.
The midfielder has been given a bigger role this season after Donny van de Beek left at Old Trafford. Indeed, the 18-year-old has four goals and six assists in 35 appearances this season. Such a form earned him the label of “the next Paul Pogba”.
“He’s the new Paul Pogba,” said Roma’s Justin Kluivert. DAZN. “He’s very good and very young and really is a top player.”
United’s interest in recruiting Gravenberch is well documented. They have reportedly been keeping an eye on him in January, with Barcelona also being credited with interest.
Aware of its potential, Ajax tied the teenager to a contract until 2023.
However, Ajax are well aware that their top talents don’t hang around for long and keeping away from the big hitters will prove tricky.
Now it looks like Juventus have taken their first steps forward in securing his deal after starting talks with his agent Mino Raiola. Aaccording to Calciomercato, the Old Lady has been following the Dutch midfielder for many years. And, trying to win the race for his signing, they claim CFO Fabio Paratici met with Raiola earlier this month to discuss a possible transfer.
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Raiola shouldn’t deal with United over Gravenberch
Plus, it looks like United’s chances of landing Gravenberch are over. Raiola admitted, in an X-rated interview, that he has no desire to deal with United when it comes to his clients.
Raiola said Athletic: “With Mr. Ferguson or [Pep] Guardiola, I have this problem – and I think that’s changing now – that (they believe) we should go through it because “otherwise tomorrow you don’t make a player with Manchester United”.
“I don’t care if I never do another player with Manchester United. I am not in their hands. I am independent. We only have one party that we take care of: our players. And as long as our players love us, you do what you have to do. “
Elaborating on his client Paul Pogba’s stay in England, Raiola was asked if the French star was underestimated. Raiola was unrepentant in her response, however.
“It depends if you mean appreciated by the fans or by the professionals of the game. Because if you mean the professionals, I talk to a lot of sports directors, managers, coaches. It is widely appreciated.
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