Recent reports claim that PSV Eindhoven has given Manchester United the green light to formally sign Cody Gakpo. This news comes from credible sources. Before to Ajax, Gakpo played for PSV Eindhoven.
United’s interest in the forward dates back to the summer of this year, when the player himself stated in an interview with The Times that he conducted personal negotiations with Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag about a move. Since then, United has shown continued interest in acquiring the player’s services. Since then, United has demonstrated an ongoing interest in acquiring the player as a member of the club.
However, when they did make a proposal, United was unable to give PSV an amount that was sufficient, and a potential deal to Leeds also fell through on the very last day of the transfer window.
As a direct result of this, Gakpo has maintained his position as a player in the Eredivisie, where he has racked up a total of 14 games and has produced nine goals and 12 assists thus far during the current campaign.
In addition, at the World Cup, he scored three goals for Netherlands, all of which were scored during the group stage, which contributed to the team’s advancement to the quarterfinals. They were knocked out of the competition by Argentina, who ended up winning the whole thing.
Gakpo has confirmed that he is once again a member of the professional squad that he plays for, contrary to the prevalent belief that he would be leaving the club in the month of January. In an interview with the podcast Men in Blazers, Leeds manager Jesse Marsch admitted that it is highly unlikely that his club will be able to afford the transfer fee necessary to sign the player. It has been reported that both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing the forward, who is 23 years old.
A Dutch tabloid called Voetball approached PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy with a question about Gakpo’s immediate future before what is expected to be a busy January transfer season for the club.
In response to my question, he explained, “There comes a moment when you can no longer say no.”
These words will be a big boost for both Manchester United and Arsenal, with Manchester United maybe ready to do business with one of their former players if they do initiate conversations to sign the 23-year-old. Arsenal will also receive a significant lift as a result of these comments. A boost will also be provided to Arsenal as a result of these statements.
The previous month, Fabrizio Romano claimed that a transfer fee of 43 million pounds would be adequate to assure that PSV would consider getting into discussions. This statement was made in reference to a potential negotiation with PSV.
And PSV chief executive Marcel Brands recently confirmed that the club must receive a record sum for Gakpo, with the current record standing at the €45 million that Napoli paid to capture winger Hirving Lozano. Gakpo is expected to set a new record for the amount of money that the club receives for a player. Chronicle Live mentioned this on their broadcast.
In the case that Ten Hag and United are interested in signing Gakpo, the club will need to get out the checkbook in order to meet the asking price that PSV has established for him.