Recent reports indicate that Manchester United are deliberating whether or not to pursue a transfer for Rafael Leao as an alternative option to Cody Gakpo in the event that they do not sign Gakpo.
After making Gakpo a target during the summer, the Red Devils intend to reignite their interest in the Dutch ace during the month of January. This is because Gakpo is currently playing for the Dutch national team.
Rafael Leao has been in World Cup action for PortugalCredit: Rex
Instead of signing Cristiano Ronaldo, the club’s management decided to bring in Antony, but they are still interested in bringing in another forward player come January.
The 23-year-old Gakpo was supposedly available for somewhere about £25 million during the summer of 2017.
However, as a result of his outstanding play in the World Cup, that price tag has been increased to £50 million.
Leao, a top player for AC Milan, is reportedly on United’s list of potential replacements, as reported by the Mirror.
In the same location as Gakpo, the Portuguese ace is presently competing at the World Cup in Qatar.
Leao, who is 23 years old, scored his first goal for his country during the group round of the competition. He helped his team beat Ghana by a score of 3-2.
In addition, the left winger has been playing exceptionally well for his team thus far this season.
In 20 games in all competitions, he has made 20 appearances, scoring seven goals and dishing out nine assists.
However, it is anticipated that Gakpo will continue to be United’s major aim.
The wide man scored goals for the Netherlands in all three of their World Cup group matches, which were played against Senegal, Ecuador, and Qatar. He was also instrumental in the Dutch team’s victory over the United States in the round of 16.
After the game, he was asked about his future plans, but he declined to elaborate.
However, Virgil van Dijk, who plays for the Netherlands’ national team, seemed to downplay United’s interest.
The Liverpool defender said, “Are Manchester United and Real Madrid on the same level?” (Are Manchester United and Real Madrid on the same level? Absolutely no disrespect intended at all.
“Without a doubt, I believe he is capable of taking the next step. My gut tells me that it’s possible, but when exactly it will occur, such as in the winter, summer, or the following year, only time will tell.
“He is a wonderful young man who puts in a lot of effort, is extremely talented, and unquestionably has even more potential in him.
“We are overjoyed that he is performing so admirably for us. Long may it continue.”
Cody Gakpo has been in great form for his country
Al-Nassr has completed the Ronaldo deal.
According to reports, Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia has completed a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the club on January 1.
According to Marca, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has agreed to a deal worth an eye-watering £173 million per season.
According to their report, the contract is also “surrounded by economic incentives through advertising that will position the Portuguese as the highest paid athlete in the world.”
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo had a tumultuous exit from Manchester United before jetting off to Qatar to compete in the World Cup.