Paper Talk: Man Utd chasing ‘next Pogba’ from Ajax; Liverpool have big rivals for top target

Date published: Thursday 29th October 2020 8:28 - Matthew Briggs

Manchester United are watching Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch, while Liverpool have big rivals for a top centre-back target, all in the papers.



Manchester United are tracking teenage Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, report the Daily Mirror.

Ajax have sold numerous stars in recent seasons, including Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech, Mathhijs De Ligt and Donny van de Beek.

The coronavirus pandemic has stretched the Dutch club’s finances and 18-year-old Gravenberch could be the next to be sold on.

Barcelona and Juventus have registered their interest in the player and and been watching him intensely.

Now though United scouts have been checking on the player, who has played 19 times for Ajax, scoring four goals.

The paper claims Gravenberch is being compared to United’s Paul Pogba.

Gravenberch is also reported to be under super agent Mino Raiola, who also has Pogba on his books.


Ozan Kabak TEAMtalk

Liverpool face competition from AC Milan for the signature of Schalke’s Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak, 20. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester United are considering a five-year deal for AC Milan’s Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 26. (Gazetta dello Sport)

Calhanoglu is due to discuss his future with Milan next month. (Mail)

Manchester United are set to make a move for Dayot Upamecano next summer (The Times)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is likely to finish his career in his home city of Antwerp, according to his father (HITC)

Liverpool target David Alaba could be set for a move after talks with Bayern Munich collapsed. The Austrian defender, 28, is out of contract with Bayern in January. (Bild)

Tottenham’s hopes of agreeing a new contract with forward Son Heung-min, 28, have been boosted after the South Korean joined the same agency as manager Jose Mourinho. (Various)





Icelandic midfielder Isak Bergmann Johannesson, 17, has dealt Liverpool’s chances of signing him a blow after revealing he dreams of joining Manchester United. (The Sun)

Paris Saint-Germain remain hopeful of luring Gianluigi Donnarumma to the French capital (Corriere della Sera)

Mourinho says that will have no influence on Son’s ongoing contract talks. (Star)

Fabinho’s hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared with the Liverpool midfielder, who has been playing at centre-back, due back after the international break. (Mirror)

David Luiz has been ruled out for ‘a few weeks’ as Arsenal’s defensive injury list grows. (Guardian)


Egyptian businessman Mohamed El Kashashy is set to buy Burnley in an amazing £200m takeover. (Mirror)

English midfielder John Lundstram is set to leave Sheffield United after contract talks broke down. The 26-year-old has been linked with Burnley and Crystal Palace. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona’s hopes of keeping Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 33, have been given a significant boost by Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation as president. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have joined Barcelona and Juventus in showing interest in Ajax’s 18-year-old Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. (Mirror)


Mauricio Pochettino TEAMtalk

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is in talks to become the new Zenit St Petersburg boss. (Championat)

Arsenal and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi says he has not discussed a new contract with the Premier League side. The 28-year-old’s current deal ends in the summer. (Various)

Mustafi wants to extend his stay at Emirates Stadium despite reports he rejected a new contract in the summer. (Express)

Arsenal wanted to send English midfielder Reiss Nelson out on loan this season but the 20-year-old insisted on staying and fighting for a place in Mikel Arteta’s team. (Various)

Atletico Madrid are struggling to find a replacement for Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, following his move to Arsenal. Their target, Valencia’s Central African Republic international Geoffrey Kondogbia, 27, could be out with injury beyond Atletico’s extended deadline of 5 November. (Mundo Deportivo)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a potential European Super League would “destroy” the Premier League. (Guardian)

West Brom are to offer Brazilian winger Matheus Pereira, 24, a new contract, just two months after permanently signing him for £8.25m. (Telegraph)

QPR hope winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, 22, will sign a new deal at the club despite interest from Celtic. (Standard)

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