Manchester United have begun talks with Dutch giants PSV over the signing of world cup breakout star, Cody Gakpo. United made the move, after learning that an impending financial crisis could force the Dutch club’s hand to cash in on the 23year old for less than £50m in January.
Coach Erik Ten Hag feels signing the Dutchman will aid United’s push for a top-four finish and he will bring a certain aggression and bite to the attack, something that Cristiano Ronaldo could no longer offer at the age of 37.
The Man United hierarchy knows about PSV’s intention to sell and is aiming to pull through a deal for the player Ten Hag first targeted when he immediately arrived at the club last summer. Real Madrid, Arsenal and Newcastle are also in the hunt for Gakpo, who enhanced his reputation in Qatar by putting in incredible performances which culminated in him scoring in all three of Holland’s group games.
United seem to have stolen a march on their rivals by making contact with PSV, with personal terms not thought to be an issue after Gakpo came out to say, back in August that he was happy with what was on offer.
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Rumours swirled around that PSV were ready to cash in on the player for less than £ 40 million before the summer transfer window closed. Leeds and Southampton were mentioned as two sides with a strong interest in the Dutch footballer of the year after United had pulled out of the race, going on to use their budget to sign Brazilian winger Antony instead in an £86million deal.