Expert on transfers Fabrizio Romano claims that Cody Gakpo’s prospects of joining Manchester United have increased because “negotiations are already advanced” with the PSV Eindhoven player on a potential transfer to Old Trafford. Romano provided GiveMeSport with this information.
Erik ten Hag, the head coach of the Red Devils, will have the chance to improve his team when the winter transfer window opens for business at the beginning of the new year.
Manchester United reportedly started negotiating a contract to purchase Gakpo after gaining approval from higher-ups to do so, according to 90min.
The report claims that Manchester United are in the greatest position to make a deal for the PSV attacker, despite the fact that Newcastle United and Arsenal have also shown interest in him. Scouts have apparently given Real Madrid positive feedback about their interest in the prospect.
Gakpo remains a top target for Manchester United, who intend to make a £43 million offer for the Dutchman when the transfer window reopens, according to Romano. Manchester United intends to make their offer after the transfer window reopens, since the Dutchman has been selected as the ideal successor for the leaving Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to PSV director of football Marcel Brands, the Eredivisie powerhouses are ready to sell their talisman in the coming month. The 23-year-old has already acknowledged that he would think about moving to Old Trafford and said that he would do so.
According to Ryan Taylor, a reporter for the Daily Express, who recently spoke with GiveMeSport, a deal for Gakpo in January is “quite realistic.”
Mohammed Kudus, an offensive midfielder for Ajax, and Gakpo are both targets for Manchester United, according to Romano, though their interest in the former player has not yet been confirmed. Manchester United is another team interested in Gakpo.
Because of the productive dialogues that have taken place, the well-respected Italian journalist is aware that the situation with Gakpo is one of a kind. This is owing to the fact that there have been productive conversations.
Romano provided this information during an interview with GiveMeSport. “At the present time, for Kudus, they are not in advanced negotiations, including on the player side,” Romano said.
“But, with Gakpo, negotiations are already progressed on the player’s side,” but “as of now, neither club has reached an agreement with the other.” “But, with Gakpo, negotiations are already advanced on the player’s side.”
According to Transfermarkt, Gakpo has already contributed 30 goals to the cause for PSV throughout the 2022–2023 season. Overall, it can be said that he had a very productive and beneficial season.
Ten Hag, who was hired as the Chief Executive Officer of Manchester United in April, should not have any reservations about trying to close a deal as quickly as humanly possible. There is no question that he has a competitive advantage in the last third of the pitch; hence, ten Hag should not be reluctant to make an offer in an effort to close the transaction.
WhoScored awarded Gakpo the highest average match rating of any player of the Netherlands national team for his remarkable performance at the World Cup. Gakpo was also outstanding at the tournament.
It should not come as a surprise that this is the case considering that he scored a goal for his team once every 151 minutes when they were playing (against Senegal, Ecuador, and Qatar). Because of this, it is not strange that this is the case.
Gakpo has reportedly been averaging more goals, assists, and shots on target since the beginning of the season than Ronaldo has been averaging. This information comes from FBref. Given this information, he might be the best person to take Ronaldo’s place.