Transfer Talk: Barca, Man United lead chase for Ajax teen Gravenberch

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The coronavirus pandemic made the summer transfer market unlike any before it, but there were still plenty of deals done and you can check out the major ones here. The window might be closed across the top leagues in Europe, but here are the best rumours from around the globe.

TOP STORY: United, Barca battle for Gravenberch

Dutch side Ajax are preparing themselves for bids for teenage midfield sensation Ryan Gravenberch, with Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus all said to be interested, according to the Mirror.

The 18-year-old impressed while in action against Liverpool in the Champions League last week and he has already scored four goals in total in 19 appearances for Ajax. Moreover, he’s added three assists, but his overall style of play has drawn comparisons with Paul Pogba.

Gravenberch signed a three-year deal only this summer and so the club could be unwilling to part with him just yet. However, the latest graduate from the academy looks destined for a big move if not in winter, then next summer.

Ajax have made no secret of the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has troubled them financially, which in turn makes it harder for them to keep their best players.

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AC Milan join Liverpool in race for Kabak

Liverpool aren’t the only ones eyeing Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak, with Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that AC Milan have also entered the race for his signature.

Liverpool were reported to have opened talks with Kabak last week, and that news appears to have spurred the Rossoneri into action.

Milan also want to try to complete a move for the 20-year-old in January, and Schalke are keen to recoup £20 million for him.

However, Liverpool’s need for defensive reinforcements was made greater on Tuesday night following the injury to Fabinho against FC Midtjylland. Jurgen Klopp is already without Virgil van Dijk, and Fabinho’s absence could accelerate Liverpool’s plans.

PSG hoping to land Donnarumma

Paris Saint-Germain remain hopeful of luring Gianluigi Donnarumma to the French capital, reports Corriere della Sera.

The AC Milan goalkeeper has been on PSG sporting director Leonardo’s list for some time and with his contract set to come to an end next year, and with no agreement in place with Milan yet, the French champions are still hopeful that they can land their man.

Leonardo knows Donnarumma well from his days as sporting director of AC Milan, and he also knows that the Rossoneri are facing financial difficulties, even if they are reported to be planning a spending spree in January.

Milan’s technical director, Paolo Maldini, is believed to have tried to open talks with Donnarumma, but there has been little progress so far.

Moreover, Milan would struggle to match the kind of contract that PSG can put in front of the 21-year-old.

Tap-ins

Sampdoria are sweating following the news that Gremio are keen to take Uruguayan star Gaston Ramirez to Porto Alegre. Calciomercato go as far as suggesting that Ramirez’s representatives have already started talks with the Brazilian side. Sampdoria are reluctant to sell but could be persuaded for €5m, though Gremio are hoping to negotiate to bring that figure down.

Genoa are hoping to sign M’Baye Niang from Rennes in January, reports Gazzetta Dello Sport. The Serie A side attempted to sign the 25-year-old striker at the end of the transfer window in the summer, but failed to strike an agreement with the French club. The former AC Milan striker has a contract until 2023, which means Genoa will have to pay a substantial fee to land their man.