Liverpool are keen on signing Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax during the summer, with Thomas Tuchel also eyeing a move to take him to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail, via Gazzetta dello Sport.
The wonderkid has burst onto the scene with the Dutch champions and is viewed by many as one of the brightest young talents in world football.
During 37 games in all competitions during 2020/21, he has scored four goals and registered six assists, largely playing as a central midfielder.
He has also collected three caps for the Holland national team and looks destined for a bright future in the game.
Gravenberch is rated at around £30 million by the Dutch giants and is set to have a long line of potential suitors during the transfer window.
Liverpool will seek some new recruits in the summer as they aim to put a dreadful 2020/21 campaign behind them.
Injuries to key players have seen them relinquish their Premier League crown with a whimper and they’ll hope to get back on track.
Gravenberch is energetic, comfortable on the ball and boasts a superb array of passing from the midfield engine room.
With Gini Wijnaldum looking increasingly likely to leave the club this summer, his compatriot could be the perfect replacement in the Anfield ranks.
He has already earned high praise from Ajax youth team coach Brian Tevreden, who has called him better than a Manchester United player.
During a previous interview with Goal, he said: “Physically, I see Frank Rijkaard because he’s very strong.
“But technically, I would say he’s a better version of Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of his technicality and his presence on the pitch.”
TBR View: Gravenberch could prove a real coup
The midfield is likely to be extremely sought-after when the transfer window opens and Liverpool must look to pounce.
Jordan Henderson isn’t getting any younger, whilst Thiago has looked some way off the pace in his maiden campaign at Anfield.
Curtis Jones is still learning his trade, while Naby Keita could be on borrowed time at Liverpool.
As a result, adding a fresh injection of youth – and undoubted quality – looks like a strong move by the Reds this summer.