Sources: Man Utd plan Mino Raiola talks for midfielder; Liverpool worried about being gazumped

Manchester United will hold talks with Mino Raiola regarding Ryan Gravenberch which will seriously complicate Liverpool’s plans to sign him.

This is according to the same source that told us earlier this week that Liverpool want to arrange a deal to see him move to Anfield at the end of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

The bottom line is that he will remain in Amsterdam for next season. The player’s father has spoken publicly about this and an intermediary told us that Ryan Sr. says there is zero truth in rumours that his son could join a new club this summer.

Ajax's Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match between Ajax and FC Midtjylland at the Johan Cruijff stadium, in Amsterdam, on November 25, 2020.
Ajax’s Dutch midfielder Ryan Gravenberch celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match between Ajax and FC Midtjylland at the Johan Cruijff stadium, in Amsterdam, on November 25, 2020. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool intend on contacting Mino Raiola, Gravenberch’s agent, to explore a deal for the 2022 season but it will not be easy. Manchester United are set to further complicate things as they are also set to register their interest in the 19-year-old.

While Liverpool always knew there would be competition for Gravenberch, United will pose a particularly frustrating problem as their stronger financial power means that they can offer significantly higher wages.

United’s interest in Gravenberch is so strong that they are open to the prospect of working with Raiola to secure his signature despite the agent’s tenuous relationship with Old Trafford chiefs.

Raiola’s work representing Paul Pogba during a tumultuous period in the Frenchman’s career has made for a tetchy working relationship but United consider Gravenberch as too good a prospect to let slip by.

Ajax currently hold all the cards and with a strong showing at the EUROs, his value will only skyrocket.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 27: Ryan Gravenberch of Netherlands in action during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between the Netherlands and Latvia at the Amsterdam Arena on March 27, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 27: Ryan Gravenberch of Netherlands in action during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between the Netherlands and Latvia at the Amsterdam Arena on March 27, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Then there is the matter of him staying at the club for another year which could see the Eredivisie club’s asking price become a problem. It’s for this reason that Liverpool are contemplating offering a higher than expected fee now to avoid the risk of Gravenberch exploding onto the scene next season and becoming too expensive.

United will likely match anything Liverpool can offer but sources close to Anfield Central are hopeful that the midfielder will prefer working with Jurgen Klopp over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Liverpool are understandably concerned about being gazumped and considering that United are set to pay Jadon Sancho £350,000/week if they can reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund, there is no competition between the two clubs financially.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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