In January, Manchester United is believed to be interested in signing Cody Gakpo, and former Barcelona player Boudewijn Zenden is certain that Gakpo won’t be playing for PSV the following year.
There have been speculations that Manchester United may make a move for Cody Gakpo in January, and former Barcelona player Boudewijn Zenden is convinced that Gakpo will not be playing for PSV next season.
Gakpo, who is 23 years old, has been making waves with his performances for both his club and his country. The winger is currently in his sixth full season with PSV and has shown consistent growth from one year to the next. He finished the previous season with 21 goals in all competitions, with seven of those goals coming from Europe.
And the star player, who was born in Eindhoven, has already scored 13 goals and assisted 17 others in the current season (2022-2023).
Because of his recent play, Louis van Gaal decided to include him in the Netherlands team that will compete in the World Cup. And the teenager has delivered, scoring a goal in each of his country’s three group matches to show for his efforts.
As Oranje defeated the United States of America by a score of 3-1 to move on to the quarterfinals in Qatar, he was unable to find the back of the net. However, the player who has earned 13 national caps for Holland contributed in every aspect to the outstanding performance that Van Gaal’s team turned in.
There has been a lot of speculation that United will make a winter move to get the wide player.
And Zenden, who had a brilliant career that included playing for Chelsea and Liverpool, is confident that Gakpo will soon be moving to a new club.
“I’m not sure if PSV will be able to keep him after this World Cup in the winter transfer window, or if he will still finish [the season] at PSV and depart in the summer. I’m not sure which will happen.
“But if there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that this is going to be his final season with PSV.
The potential of Gakpo has been discussed by a number of experts. Rio Ferdinand, who is a major supporter of the player, recently made the suggestion that the club’s owners should have purchased him during the previous summer.
Even though his asking price has more than doubled since then, Paul Scholes is of the opinion that the Red Devils should pursue him as a transfer target.
Zenden has been keeping track on Gakpo’s development throughout the past few seasons. And the man who has won 54 caps for the Netherlands believes there is no ceiling on his potential.
“There is no question that he will have a successful future. He continued by saying, “He’s strong, he’s able to dribble, and he’s not going to back down from any situation.”
However, it is important to keep in mind that he is still a young player and that he still has a ways to go before reaching his full potential.
“Does he have the ability to do that? I believe that he is. Given his age, it is reasonable for him to move on to the next level of competition and demonstrate his skills there.
“The Premier League would be very fortunate to have him as a player.”
The majority of evidence suggests that Gakpo will join a Premier League club sooner rather than later.
In the summer of 2016, Leeds United appeared to be close to securing his signature before PSV rejected the move at the eleventh hour.
Liverpool has also been mentioned as a possible destination for the player, but The Sun is saying that Manchester United will make the initial move the following month.
The player who has scored six goals for the Netherlands has not been coy about his ambition to compete in the Premier League.
It has also been suggested that PSV are getting set to cash in on their superstar player at this point.
Even if discussions have not yet begun, the fact that Ten Hag and Gakpo share an agent is anticipated to make the negotiation process more straightforward.
For the completion of the deal, a cost of approximately fifty million pounds has been thrown around as a possibility.
The skilled forward has been deployed primarily on the wings, but he has aspirations of playing in the striker position in the middle of the field.