When it comes to the transfer market, Manchester City are simply one of the best in the business.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Manchester City are linked with Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.
The 19-year-old’s contract at Ajax is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The midfielder has featured in 28 matches this term, netting one goal and providing four assists in all competitions.
He has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Netherlands.
Ryan Gravenberch has represented Netherlands at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 33 caps and scoring 3 goals, before making his senior international debut in March 2021. As a member of Netherlands national football team, Gravenberch won 10 caps and he scored one goal.
His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.
Adding a midfielder remains Manchester City’s top priority this summer and Pep Guardiola will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming months.
The Netherlands international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of midfielder Guardiola wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Ryan Gravenberch will offer the City boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Manchester City are pushing to sign Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch in the summer. The Citizens are hoping to refresh their midfield in the off season, given the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan are in their 30s. Soccer News – via Sports Witness – reports that City have placed Gravenberch on top of their wishlist for the summer. The midfielder has a contract with the Dutch giants until 2023, with Ajax unable to convince him to sign an extension. The 19-year-old could leave in the summer, as Ajax would not want him to leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2023.”
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If Manchester City can agree on a fee with Ajax, the deal should be easy to complete.
Ajax are preparing to sell their midfielder should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Manchester City?
If Manchester City and Guardiola are seriously considering a midfielder, Gravenberch could also prove to be a smart option.
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
All in all, Gravenberch will be an ideal choice for Pep Guardiola as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his midfielders.
Manchester City fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
How strong that interest is and whether Manchester City will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.