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Manchester United have joined Barcelona and Juventus in the race to sign Ajax wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch, according to reports.

The in-demand midfielder, 18, only signed a new three-year contract at the Dutch giants in June.

Ajax won’t want to sell their latest academy star – being dubbed the ‘new Paul Pogba’ for his style of play.

But the Eredivisie giants are now bracing themselves for monster bids from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The Mirror state Man Utd have joined the race, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly keen to add another Ajax midfielder to his ranks.

Meanwhile, Paul Scholes has urged United to sign Dayot Upamecano and claims he is the ‘type of defender’ his old club need.

He told BT Sport: “This is the type of defender I think United need, he’s very different to Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

“He absolutely loves one-vs-ones, he loves getting down that channel because he knows he’s gonna beat them.

“It’s very much the same as what Rio used to do, what Jaap Stam used to do.

“It frees the rest of the team to worry about attacking play, because you know you’ve got a centre-half who is going to defend and he’ll do it all day.”

Finally, Ryan Giggs claims Louis van Gaal PUNCHED him the first time they met.

Giggs told Jamie Carragher’s Greatest Game podcast: “He was different. He was very dominating.

“The first time I met him he punched me in the stomach.

“I’ve gone to meet him, we’ve got a list of players that I think were good and the ones that were not so good.

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“I’ve gone to meet him a hotel, he’s opened the door, looked me up and down and gone ‘you are in good shape!’ then he punched me in the stomach.

“It was hard as well and I didn’t know what to do. You could have given something back but that’s me out of a job.”


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