The lowdown: Wanted man
The 23-year-old Dutch international has scored 45 times and provided 35 assists in 138 appearances for the Eredivisie giants, playing a key role in one top-flight title, one domestic cup and two Super Cup successes in the process.
Indexed more recently to the Gunners and Manchester United, Gakpo could still be on the move before the September 1 deadline and one well-informed onlooker has shed some more light on the current situation in north London…
The latest: ‘One to look out for’
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones – a journalist for Eurosport – claimed that the seven-cap is still on the radar for Edu and Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium, whilst a move for Bayern Leverkusen sensational Moussa Diaby appears to be off the cards.
He said: “Diaby is going to be a hard one. Leverkusen basically just don’t want to lose him at this point, they feel like they’re going to have a good season, so I don’t think that doors going to open.
“Cody Gakpo is still one to look out for if they look abroad for the signing.”
The verdict: Fingers crossed
Albeit the Gunners made a winning start to the 2022/23 campaign, adding another attacking option to Arteta’s squad would be a welcome boost heading into what looks certain to be a testing season.
As things stand, Arsenal have Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Marquinhos as wide options, although Pepe could still be on the way out and both Nelson and Marquinhos remain unproven at the elite level.
Gakpo – who was described as a player who ‘has everything’ by Theo Janssen – has made a lightning-fast start to the 2022/23 term himself, scoring three times and providing two assists in just four appearances across all competitions.
Valued at £27million and under contract until 2026 (Transfermarkt), signing the flamboyant Dutchman would likely be an expensive initial outlay for the north Londoners, but there should be no issues when it comes to personal terms as Arsenal would need to better a £7,400 per week salary (Salary Sport).
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