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Manchester United: Cody Gakpo could replace Ronaldo in January

Manchester United: Cody Gakpo could replace Ronaldo in January - Follow up

Manchester United could be set to seal the signing of Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo in January, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Lowdown: Endless Gakpo rumours

The 23-year-old enjoyed an impressive 2022 World Cup campaign for Holland, scoring three times for his country as they reached the quarter-finals, being hailed as ‘fantastic’ by pundit Dean Ashton.

Gakpo has been relentlessly linked with a move to United in recent months following an admission that he ‘thought about Man Utd last summer’, having made a sensational start to the season for PSV.

The Dutchman has already registered 12 assists and netted nine times in the Eredivisie in 2022/23 to date, as his reputation continues to grow and grow.

The Latest: Ronaldo replacement

Speaking to Give Me Sport, O’Rourke backed United to get a deal for Gakpo over the line next month:

“Ten Hag does want to bring in a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and if a deal can be struck with Cody Gakpo, you’d imagine that deal could happen in January as long as Manchester United meet PSV’s asking price.”

The Verdict: Feels highly likely

With each passing week, the more it feels as though United are in pole position to sign Gakpo in January, despite potential interest from other big clubs.

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The towering forward could give Erik ten Hag another great option in the final third, with his end product making them more formidable and his physical stature meaning he should adjust to the Premier League with ease.

Granted, Gakpo’s World Cup campaign tailed off a little, but he can play anywhere across the frontline and is a young player, so a big-money move to United in January would be exciting.

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