Liverpool is in pole position to sign Dutch winger Cody Gakpo, after agreeing on a deal with PSV, the Dutch side announced on Monday. Sources claim that the parties involved are very close to agreeing on a deal and that the fee is around £37 million which according to the PSV general manager Marcel Brands will be a “record transfer” for the club.
The club were quoted in their statement as saying: “PSV and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.”
23-year-old Gakpo was a star of the just-concluded World Cup in Qatar where he scored three goals for the Netherlands before their quarterfinal elimination at the hands of eventual winners Argentina.
With Colombia international Luis Diaz out for a longer-than-expected period on the sidelines after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury during a midseason training break in Dubai, Liverpool has acted quickly to boost their forward line by moving for Gakpo.
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The winger was being tracked by premier league sides, Leeds and Southampton during the summer, and United manager Erik ten Hag indicated his interest as well by persuading the Old Trafford club to make a move for the player late in the summer window. United had made the decision to renew their move for Gakpo in January after the club’s decision to cancel Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract in November and his performances at the world cup. But Liverpool is set to beat United to his signature, having done the same in June, when they signed Darwin Nunez ahead of their old rivals.