Fabio Paratici is ready to rival his former side, Juventus, with Tottenham Hotspur prepared to make Ajax an offer for Dutch wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch, according to Calciomercato.
Paratici left the Turin powerhouse after 11-seasons back in June and became Spurs’ new Managing Director. He oversaw a busy summer of spending and sales in north London with new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, but is already drawing up plans for the 2022 markets.
Juventus seriously admire Gravenberch, as the seven-cap international has displayed great potential, but Paratici is considering rivalling with Tottenham. The Spurs chief is ready to make Ajax an offer for the 19-year-old, Goal ranked seventh in their NXGN Top-50 of 2021.
Recent reports by Calciomercato had claimed Juventus intend to contact Ajax in the coming months to discuss a deal. Paratici’s replacement, Federico Cherubini, wants to lower the size of the Bianconeri’s wage bill and average age of their squad.
The Old Lady closely monitor Gravenberch with this in mind, after he chose to stay at Ajax this summer. Soccer News claimed Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Chelsea had each weighed up €30m (£25.5m) offers earlier this year.
But Juventus were supposedly confident of signing Gravenberch from Ajax, before Paratici entered the bidding with Tottenham. The Bianconeri hold an advantage over some of their European rivals as they have an excellent relationship with the teen’s agent, Mino Raiola.
Juventus and Raiola agreed two deals this summer to sign Moise Kean from Everton and Mohamed Ihattaren from PSV Eindhoven. The super-agent also helped broker Matthijs De Ligt’s £67.5m move from Ajax in 2019. He has played six games with Gravenberch for the Netherlands since, including two fixtures during the Euro 2020 group stage.
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Tottenham and Juventus may not be the only clubs to challenge for Gravenberch if Paratici and Cherubini rival for the Ajax wonderkid next year. He already had a market to leave his boyhood club this summer, but elected to stay for his development.
His rise in Amsterdam returned a senior international debut in March and scored his first goal in June. The 19-year-old has 10 goals and seven assists in 66 first-team outings for Ajax since debuting in 2018. Just four months and seven days after turning 16.
Gravenberch reached career double figures against Vitesse Arnhem before the September international break. He has started all four Eredivisie fixtures thus far this season, plus 90 minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield. While Erik ten Hag praised the teen sensation after he became the third-youngest Dutch player to score in the Champions League last November.
“We already knew about his qualities and that he is a really great finisher,” Ten Hag said, via One Football. “He’s been really looking for that, so hopefully he is more relaxed about it now. It was a great goal, but last year he also scored a lot of great goals, too. It is a huge quality of his.”