At just 19, the player is rated as one of the best young footballers in Europe currently and has had a huge influence on the club’s season already. Predominantly a cultured defensive midfielder who has an eye for a pass, there is no doubt that he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
Where would he fit in?
Currently, the midfield situation at United is somewhat disastrous, particularly in the defensive anchorman role. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has tried Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba there to less than impressive effect, leading to calls for a new signing in that position in January.
Meanwhile, having signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax last summer for £35 million only for Solskjaer not to play him, may lead chiefs at the Dutch club to spurn any advances from the Red Devils for Gravenberch’s signature.
Liverpool would represent an interesting option, while the player would also suit the type of football that the Reds play. However, the player will likely have to be aware that he would not be a regular starter, though he would make an excellent understudy to Fabinho. He could also eventually be the ideal, long term replacement for Jordan Henderson as the club captain enters what is likely to be the twilight of his career.
Any other suitors?
It is understood that both Juventus and Barcelona have thrown their hats into the ring for the player, with each club having signed Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong from Ajax respectively.
Currently, the much-publicised severe financial situation at Barcelona makes a move to the Spanish club unlikely, while Juventus are reportedly keen to bring [Paul] Pogba back to the club, which could limit their spending ability.
If the player continues to impress for the Dutch club, especially in the Champions League, it could well see the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and a number of other big clubs in Europe express their interest as well.
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