Liverpool transfer target eyed by Michael Edwards the ‘better version of Paul Pogba’

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Liverpool are reportedly eyeing  a move for Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravnberch as they look to source a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum. The Reds are coming to terms with the fact that Wijnaldum is to leave the club, with talks over a new deal at an impasse.

As it stands, the Dutchman will leave the club at the end of the season, with Barcelona believed to be his most likely destination.

For now, he remains a vitally important part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, captaining the side in the recent Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

But he will become a free agent in a matter of weeks and while he claims he would be ‘devastated’ to depart Anfield, the signs suggest he is no closer to agreeing to new terms.

Speaking last month, he said: “The only thing I can say is that I am really happy at the club, really happy with the team and the staff and really happy with the fans for whom I play.

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“It is not that I am not happy and I have to leave but it is not that easy as everyone thinks it is to make some decisions for your future.

“First you have to negotiate with the club and it is so difficult to deal with all kind of things and that is why it takes so long and also, the situation we are in, it is not the most important thing right now.

“But I would be devastated (if) I didn’t play with this team any more, that’s for sure.”

With that in mind, Klopp and transfer guru Michael Edwards are busily scouring the transfer market for a potential arrival to ease the blow of his departure.

And according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness, 18-year-old Gravenberch has emerged as a potential target.

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Despite his age, the central midfielder has shone for Ajax this season, scoring three and assisting five more in the Eredivisie.

The report suggest that along with the Reds, Chelsea and Manchester City are monitoring his situation, although Kevin De Bruyne’s new deal means a move to the latter appears unlikely.

Gravenberch is a player with rich potential, with his former coach at Ajax Brian Tevreden comparing him to Frank Rijkaard and a ‘better version’ of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

“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 Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of his technique and his presence on the pitch.

“He’s very dominant like Pogba was, and that’s what I see in Ryan.”

Asked if he could see his pformer protege make a move to one of Europe’s top-five leagues, Tevreden had no doubts.

“Yes, for sure. I believe that,” he said. “I saw it when Ryan was younger. He is still young, but the next step will be a big club in Europe and I believe he will be a big success over there.

“He’s a really good player, as you see now in the first team. He is playing exactly the same way as he did in the academy.

“There is no tension when he has the ball. He is not scared, it’s just like he was in the academy and that’s why I like Ryan.”

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