Juventus will approach Ajax in the coming months to discuss a potential 2022 transfer for Dutch wonderkid and reported Liverpool target Ryan Gravenberch, per Calciomercato.
The Bianconeri want to refresh their ranks in the upcoming markets and dream of taking Paul Pogba back to Turin. But the costs of a deal for the Manchester United midfielder would be prohibitive compared to signing 19-year-old sensation Gravenberch.
Juventus are closely monitoring the Ajax product as they seek to lower their wage bill and increase the talent available. Sports Coordinator Federico Cherubini will sell two of Weston McKennie, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey, after failing to offload them this summer.
Gravenberch has caught Juventus’ attention after scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 65 first-team appearances with Ajax since 2018. He has also scored once in seven games for the Netherlands and earned a first senior start during Euro 2020.
Juventus would face strong competition from England in any attempt to sign Gravenberch, who Liverpool reportedly targeted this summer. Soccer News noted the Reds, Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona all weighed up offers worth around €30m (£26m) in April.
The Old Lady now intend to contact Ajax to discuss Gravenberch’s situation over the coming months. He has less than two-years remaining on a contract extension signed last June. Yet was already considering his long-term future in Amsterdam earlier this year.
“Ajax has shaped me into who I am today, and it would be nice if I could give something back,” he told De Telegraaf. “A high transfer fee is good for the club, but also indirectly for myself. If a club pays a lot of money for you, you still come in as a bigger man.”
Will Liverpool rue not signing Ajax ace and Juventus target Gravenberch?
Juventus could make Liverpool rue not persisting with their interest if they now contact Ajax to sign Gravenberch. The Serie A giants have a potential advantage over any European rival in a race for the midfielder, Calciomercato add.
They share an excellent relationship with Gravenberch’s representative Mino Raiola, with whom they agreed deals for Moise Kean and Mohamed Ihattaren to join this summer. The super-agent was also key to Matthijs De Ligt’s £67.5m transfer to Turin from Ajax in 2019.
Liverpool would surely regret missing a chance to sign a talent like Gravenberch if Juventus now swoop on Ajax again. The teenager’s former youth coach Brian Tevreden spoke very highly of him after Goal named him seventh in their 50 best wonderkids of 2021.
“Physically, I see Frank [Rijkaard] in him from back in the day, because he’s tall and very strong,” Tevreden told Goal. “But technically, I would say he’s a better version of [Paul] Pogba in his best days at Juventus. In terms of his technique and his presence on the pitch.”