Chelsea in the hunt to sign 18-year-old Netherlands international

Chelsea and Liverpool have reportedly joined Barca in the battle to sign Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax in the summer transfer window. The Netherlands international joined the Jews academy aged 8 in 2010 and made swift progress within the youth setup at the Dutch club before making grade in the first-team squad early in the 2018/19 campaign.

Upon making his bow, Ryan became the youngest ever Ajax footballer to play in the Eredivisie. Since then, Gravenberch has progressed leaps and bounds and is enjoying a breakthrough campaign this term after having played 38 games across all tournaments, with 4 goals and 6 assists to show for his efforts.

Having secured his status as the next big thing at Ajax, it is not hard to see why teams like Blaugrana, Chelsea and Liverpool, among others, are hot in pursuit of the 18-year-old midfielder.

La Liga giants are keen on strengthening their midfield unit for a second successive summer, despite signing Miralem Pjanic from Juventus last year. However, with Pjanic on the wrong side of 30 and Sergio Busquets in the twilight of his career, it is not hard to see why the need for a midfielder has arisen.

To that end, Liverpool attacker Georginio Wijnaldum has long been rumoured to be Barcelona’s priority target for the summer, although it has been suggested in recent weeks that a move might not be set in stone.  With that in mind, Barcelona are having to scour for alternatives, making the Dutch midfielder a viable target.

As for the London giants, their interest is more straightforward. Jorginho continues to face an uncertain future at Chelsea, with a return to Italy being constantly mooted.