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Real Madrid In Talks To Land This Eredivisie Midfielder Next Summer: Right Choice For Los Blancos?

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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Rudy Galetti revealed that Real Madrid are in talks to land Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch next summer. It is understood that Los Blancos have held positive talks with the Dutch midfield ace’s agent, Mino Raiola, ahead of a potential move worth around €35m-40m (bonus included) at the end of this campaign.

Gravenberch’s Impressive Form At The Johan Cruijff Arena

The 19-year-old is having a solid campaign for Ajax after producing a string of dominant displays for them at the centre of the park. Gravenberch has registered one goal and three assists in 25 matches for the Dutch outfit this season on all fronts.

The Amsterdam-born talent has proven his worth as a valuable contributor at the heart of Erik ten Hag’s midfield by averaging 1.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.7 shots, 1.1 key passes and 2.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has even taken care of possession when distributing the ball from midfield as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 86.2% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Is Gravenberch The Right Choice For Real Madrid?

Gravenberch is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to secure possession back for his side. He doesn’t shy away from having a strike at goal when afforded time and space by the opposition. The Dutch sensation has even got the vision to create some decent plays for others around him. He can also make some intelligent runs towards the opponent’s penalty area.

An up-and-coming midfielder of Gravenberch’s potential will be an excellent acquisition for Los Blancos if Carlo Ancelotti can devise a way to bring him to the Spanish capital at the end of this season. His current contract with Ajax is set to end in the summer of 2023.

The Dutch playmaker will enhance the quality of Real Madrid‘s midfield department and could go on to form a solid midfield partnership with Eduardo Camavinga at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium over the next decade. He could even help the Madrid giants maintain their dominance in Spanish football which makes him a good choice for Ancelotti to consider during the summer transfer window.

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