Manchester City have joined Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the race to sign Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch next summer, according to reports in the Dutch media.
The 19-year-old will have only a year left on his contract at the end of the season and Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars is trying to tie him down to a longer-term deal.
However, his agent Mino Raiola wants a release clause included if Gravenberch agrees to an extension; something that Ajax are not currently willing to consider.
Gravenberch has been touted for big things, with his former youth coach Brian Tevreden describing him as “a better version of Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of his technique and his presence on the pitch”.
The Netherlands international has also been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months so City would certainly have a battle on their hands to beat their rivals to the teenager’s signature.
The presence of Raiola may make them think twice, though, considering the past run-ins that the agent has had with Pep Guardiola.