Man United advanced to sign their own ‘Thiery Henry’
Manchester United ups its offer to sign a forward worth €60 million in comparison to the late Thierry Henry of Arsenal.
According to recent reports, Manchester United intends to increase their efforts to capture Cody Gakpo from the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. Gakpo now plays for PSV Eindhoven.
Gakpo, who is currently 23 years old, has been extensively connected with a move to the Premier League. United, Arsenal, and Leeds are among of the clubs who have expressed interest in the Netherlands international player.
Gakpo was a potential target for United manager Erik ten Hag during the summer transfer window; however, the club ultimately decided to spend £82 million to get Antony from Ajax.
Foot Mercato reports that Manchester United are still interested in signing Gakpo, who has already scored twice for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar. Foot Mercato says United are interested in Gakpo.
On the basis of the winger’s recent play, it is said that PSV have bumped up the amount of money they are requesting for him to €60 million (or £51.6 million).
Because of the possibility that Gakpo’s asking price would increase even further if he continues to do well for his country at the World Cup, United may want to speed up their plans to buy him.
Gakpo has been playing at a high level for PSV this season, contributing to the team’s success with 13 goals and 17 assists throughout 24 appearances.
Arsenal may compete with Manchester United for the winger, who has been compared to Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie, both of whom have played for Arsenal.
Gakpo compared to Arsenal legends
“Cody Gakpo is a very tall player with speed,” Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan said earlier this year.
“He has been voted national Dutch Player of the Year, by all the former Dutch internationals.
“Everyone in Eindhoven would be very sad to lose him. He’s the kind of guy who has speed with a good left foot and good skills.
“I have often referred to Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie, not maybe at the same value or quality yet, but they came into the Premier League as a left winger, then converted into a striker by Arsene Wenger and really did well.
“This boy is also being converted into a striker because he has had some great individual coaching from Manchester United legend, Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is now coaching PSV. And he was also his individual striker coach at the academy.”
Cody Gakpo has already clarified his stance over Manchester
United transfer as ‘agreement finalised’
Cody Gakpo, who has been targeted for transfer by Manchester United, has already spoken on his stance about a possible move to Old Trafford.
Gakpo, who is 23 years old and currently plays for PSV, has been extensively connected with a move to the Premier League, where a number of clubs have expressed interest in the winger.
There have been rumors that Arsenal, Southampton, and Leeds United are all interested in signing the Netherlands international player. In the meantime, United manager Erik ten Hag had discussions about a potential bid with Gakpo during the summer, but the club ultimately decided to recruit Antony from Ajax.
After getting off to a strong start at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Gakpo has been mentioned numerous times in connection with a transfer to Old Trafford.
On Monday, he opened the scoring for the Netherlands in their victory over Senegal by scoring a goal, and on Friday, he scored the first goal in their match against Ecuador.
Rudy Galetti, an Italian journalist, claims that Manchester United still intend to buy Gakpo and are getting ready to “finalize an agreement” for the winger before the transfer market opens in January.
It has been suggested that Manchester United might get his services for a fee of little more
than £25 million.
Gakpo: I spoke to Ten Hag
Gakpo has previously confirmed he held talks with Ten Hag and was disappointed when a move to Old Trafford failed to materialise.
“I was close to leaving, I spoke to Erik ten Hag a few times at Manchester United,” said Gakpo.
“In the end the deal didn’t go through, which was a shame, for me and my development, and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but also for PSV, because to transfer a player to Manchester United is a good thing for the club.
“It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window and in that week I had to decide if I would go to Leeds or Southampton.
“In the end I stayed, but it was a stressful period.”