Big clubs want “new Pogba” from Ajax

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Ajax is preparing for a tug of war between Europe’s top clubs for the signature of a teenage sensation by Ryan Gravenberch.

Barcelona and Juventus have both kept tabs on the 18-year-old middle class, who is seen as one of the top rising talents in the Netherlands since breaking through the ranks in Amsterdam.

According to The Mirror, Manchester United is also monitoring the success of the youngster who beat Liverpool last week in the Ajax 2-0 Champions League.

Gravenberch, who was compared to Paul Pogba for his style of play, played 15 times for the Dutch champions and scored four goals at the time.

The playmaker put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at the Johan Cruyff Arena in June, and it is known that Ajax is reluctant to cash in on their precious asset.

In the meantime, Barcelona is said to be weighing up a bid for another Dutch starlet, Donyell Malen, should they struggle to sign the top Memphis Depay goal from Lyon in January.

Depay was on the verge of sealing a $22 million move to Camp Nou in the summer, but the deal broke down as the cash-strapped LaLiga giants were unable to collect the requisite funds to make the transfer happen.

The Dutchman remained a priority sign for Ronald Koeman in January, but the Catalan side could turn to PSV’s Malen if they failed to get him to the club.

Malen was tremendously impressive in Holland, netting 33 goals and providing 16 assists in 78 games to PSV to place him on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubs.

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