Cody Gakpo has emerged as a goal for Manchester United.
That’s in response to The Mirror, who report that Erik ten Hag has added the PSV Eindhoven participant to his want checklist after being pissed off 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 virtually completely as a left winger all through his profession, though his goalscoring nous and top may presumably see him develop right into a striker position someplace down the road.
That might not make him a right away resolution to United’s centre ahead woes, nevertheless, with questions over Anthony Martial’s health and Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
It additionally wouldn’t make him a lot of other to Antony, who’s left-footed and performs on the fitting.
United are in dire want of attacking reinforcements, nevertheless it appears the one place that they’re well-stocked in is that of Cody Gakpo.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, Anthony Elanga and the younger Alejandro Garnacho are all arguably at their greatest on that flank.
Signing Gakpo would due to this fact 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 potential that Ten Hag would need to convert him right into a full-time centre ahead.
His feedback on a sure former Pink Satan might add substance to such hypothesis:
“I actually don’t need to examine myself with Van Persie. I can solely dream of my profession heading the identical approach as his. And I can solely hope that I can play for an awesome membership as soon as I’m 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 towards Monaco on Tuesday evening – a match during which a win may very well be price £60m to them.
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