Manchester United: Red Devils ‘will bid’ £40m for Cody Gakpo
Manchester United ‘will bid’ £40m for PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo in January, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Gakpo open to move
The Telegraph have claimed that Erik Ten Hag has identified the 23-year-old as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after holding a strong interest since the summer.
The Dutch forward has admitted that he would be open to a move to the Premier League, in particular Old Trafford, and the Red Devils’ transfer hopes have been boosted after PSV’s director of football Marcel Brands revealed that the club are ready to sell in the winter.
The Latest: Bid incoming
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones confirmed that he’s heard United are set to make an opening offer for Gakpo in the New Year, with people behind the scenes confident of striking a deal:
“I certainly expect United to explore this move properly now.
“I’m told that United will bid around £40million. That would make sense for how much they’re looking to spend at this stage.
“They feel, at that price, it could be doable. I would expect that to be the figure that we’re all looking at.”
The Verdict: No-brainer
Gakpo is a natural winger rather than a centre-forward but despite him not being a direct replacement, his return in the final third makes this a no-brainer of a deal to complete.
The Netherlands international has already posted a remarkable 30 goal contributions in just 24 appearances across all competitions this season and is averaging 4.2 key passes and 3.6 shots per league game (WhoScored).
The Eindhoven native also had a hugely impressive World Cup so landing him for £40m would be an absolute bargain for the hierarchy if they can get this move over the line.