Aston Villa, Liverpool, Newcastle United vying for Brajan Gruda

Aston Villa, Liverpool, and Newcastle United are reportedly keen on signing 19-year-old FSV Mainz attacker Brajan Gruda.

According to a report from Sport BILD, Aston Villa, Liverpool, and Newcastle United are interested in signing 19-year-old German winger Brajan Gruda from Bundesliga club FSV Mainz.

Who is Brajan Gruda?

The teenage prospect is a right-sided winger, but he is capable of operating as the central attacking midfielder as well. He has been impressive form for Mainz this season, scoring four goals and picking up three assists in the Bundesliga. His numbers are likely to improve when he is playing for a better team.

High in demand

Aston Villa, Liverpool and Newcastle need depth in the wide areas. The 19-year-old will be a future investment for them and they could nurture him into a first-team star. Aston Villa need more depth in the wide areas. They have had to use makeshift wingers at times this season, and a specialist wide player will improve them.

The Villans are competing in the UEFA Champions League next season and they need better players at their disposal. Meanwhile, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah are the only natural wingers at Liverpool, and the Reds need more quality in that area. The 19-year-old could prove to be the ideal long-term acquisition for the club.

Recent reports have linked Liverpool with several wingers, including Johan Bakayoko. Similarly, Newcastle need more depth in the wide areas as well.

Gruda might fancy Premier League move

The 19-year-old winger will be attracted to the idea of joining big clubs in the Premier League, and it remains to be seen whether they can agree on a deal with FSV Mainz. The youngster has a contract with the Bundesliga club until 2026, and they could look to demand a substantial amount of money for him. It will be interesting to see how the situation develops.

Gruda must choose his next destination carefully. The German whizkid needs to play regularly at this stage of his career and sitting on the bench at a big club will not benefit him. He needs to seek game time assurances before choosing his next club.

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