Cody Gakpo has emerged as a goal for Manchester United.
That’s based on The Mirror, who report that Erik ten Hag has added the PSV Eindhoven participant to his want record after being annoyed in his pursuit of Antony.
Ajax have slapped an £80m price ticket on the Brazilian, forcing the Pink Devils to buy round for an answer to their lack of firepower, with £40m Gakpo most well-liked.
The Netherlands ahead loved a terrific season within the Eredivisie final time period, scoring 12 objectives and shedding 13 assists in 27 appearances.
Opposite to the report, Gakpo has performed nearly completely as a left winger all through his profession, though his goalscoring nous and peak might presumably see him develop right into a striker function someplace down the road.
That may not make him a direct answer to United’s centre ahead woes, nonetheless, with questions over Anthony Martial’s health and Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
It additionally wouldn’t make him a lot of different to Antony, who’s left-footed and performs on the best.
United are in dire want of attacking reinforcements, however it appears the one place that they’re well-stocked in is that of Cody Gakpo.
Signing Gakpo would subsequently be a considerably unusual transfer, borne of desperation within the face of a ticking clock and necessitating some positional creativity.
The Dutchman is an clever off-ball runner in addition to a bodily imposing participant, so it’s doable that Ten Hag would wish to convert him right into a full-time centre ahead.
His feedback on a sure former Pink Satan could add substance to such hypothesis:
“I actually don’t wish to evaluate myself with Van Persie. I can solely dream of my profession heading the identical means as his. And I can solely hope that I can play for an excellent membership as soon as I am going overseas. I do know I must work actually laborious to realize it.”
This may make him extra of an alternative choice to Benjamin Sesko, who the membership stay in talks with.
So far as PSV are involved, any discussions hinge on the end result of their Champions League third-round play-off in opposition to Monaco on Tuesday night time – a match by which a win may very well be value £60m to them.
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