Manchester United were linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven attacker Cody Gakpo during the summer. The 23-year-old has started the season in impressive form – scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists in 13 appearances across all competitions.
Any hopes United may have of landing the Netherlands international in the future have been handed a potentially welcoming boost.
That is because there is a release clause in Gakpo’s contract that means he can be sold if a specific price is met. Through dealing with the player’s entourage, it is possible that United could find out how much it would take to sign him next summer. To keep track on goalscorers of our own, why not feast your eyes upon Manchester United live scores for the latest updates.
PSV director of football, Marcel Brands, told Voetball International: “I can say with my hand on my heart that there has been no offer for Cody to which the management or the supervisory board have said: we must do this.
“We did state that if there were certain offers, we would have to sell. Not only from a financial point of view, but also because agreements were made with the Gakpo camp before my time.”
According to transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano, the fact that Gakpo’s representatives also oversee the career of United manager Erik ten Hag could prove to be a ‘really big point’ regarding the forward making a move to Old Trafford. The question is whether that could happen in January to give the boss even more options in attack?
United chiefs were said to have agreed terms with Gakpo but never made an official bid to PSV Eindhoven. Instead, they opted to sign Antony from Ajax.
Gakpo was reportedly close to joining Leeds United on deadline day
The newspapers suggested that Leeds had tabled a €43m bid for Gakpo but Brands insists that €13m was made up of bonuses, most of which were unacceptable. Leeds may have missed out on the opportunity to sign a top player because he is one destined for a big move – maybe next summer.
“It was thirty million plus thirteen, with two million [of the] bonuses realistic,” Brands added. “For example, we would get six million if they made it to the Champions League. This was the best offer and we said no to that.”
With United being linked with Gakpo, a player I’ve enjoyed watching in the Eredivisie, I always wanted that move to to Leeds to fall through. It means he is a still a possibility for us moving forward.