Man Utd see off two Prem rivals for lethal forward as situation ‘completely changes’ in Ten Hag’s favour

Netherlands stars Cody Gakpo, Nathan Ake and Jurrien Timber Credit: Alamy
Netherlands stars Cody Gakpo, Nathan Ake and Jurrien Timber Credit: Alamy

Fabrizio Romano has hinted when Man Utd might sign Cody Gakpo whose situation has “completely changed”, and revealed two reasons why they’re well-placed after explaining why two Premier League rivals have fallen short.

Prior to tonight’s Europa League clash between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven, Gakpo’s season statistics stood at an incredible 26 goals contributions in just 20 matches.

The 23-year-old is quickly developing a reputation as a forward to be feared, and Europe’s big hitters are beginning to take note.

Indeed, Gakpo was heavily linked with a move to the England during the last transfer window.

Gakpo recently admitted he spoke several times with Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag. However, with their focus in the final third taken up by Antony, United opted not to act.

A figure of around £35m was repeatedly touted as being required to seal a deal. Other Premier League sides were known to be in the mix, most notably Leeds United.

The Whites had sold Raphinha to Barcelona and ultimately wound up raiding the Dutch league, though for Feyenoord’s Luis Sinisterra.

Now, transfer specialist, Fabrizio Romano, has provided a comprehensive update on Gakpo’s future, including Leeds and another English side’s failed attempts.

Via his YouTube channel, Romano claimed Leeds and Southampton were in the running late into the window, with the former even preparing a private jet.

Cody Gakpo situation has “completely changed”

However, Romano stressed Gakpo’s “situation has completely changed” with his incredible form leaving those in the mid-table and below out in the cold.

Instead, a move to Old Trafford was heavily talked up by the transfer guru who detailed two reasons why a move could occur as early as January.

“The situation has completely changed for Gakpo,” said Romano.

“During July and August we heard about strong interest from Manchester United. It was true and also confirmed by the player a few weeks ago.

“But it’s important to mention Man Utd never made an official bid to PSV Eindhoven because the relationship between him, his agent and PSV was and still is excellent.”

Romano then suggested Gakpo’s agent also holds strong relations with Man Utd’s decision-makers as well as Erik ten Hag’s agents, though Antony being their primary focus meant their Gakpo interest was not acted upon.

He noted Premier League pair Southampton and Leeds Utd both looked to sneak in during the final week of the summer window.

Leeds, Southampton miss their shot

Both clubs sought to complete late moves less than 48 hours before the deadline, with Leeds even preparing a private jet in case a bid was accepted.

Leeds’ move ultimately collapsed, though the story didn’t end there. Both the Whites and Saints tried to keep the lines of communication open with a view to wrapping up a move in January. However, Romano stressed the situation has now “completely changed”.

He continued: “The feeling is Cody Gakpo will not end up at these clubs (mid-table) and it’s probably going to be a [higher] level.

“Top, important clubs around Europe, in England especially, are monitoring Gakpo.

“Man Utd are still high on him and the relationship with his agents is very good. But other clubs around Europe are sending their scouts to monitor Gakpo.”

Hinting at when Gakpo might leave PSV, Romano concluded we should all “keep an eye on the January market”.

The forward is expected to feature heavily for the Netherlands at the World Cup and a strong showing in Qatar will allow PSV to command an even greater fee.

With the lesser suitors out of the picture and relations between Gakpo’s camp and Man Utd strong, the chances of the lethal forward ending up at Old Trafford look good.

More good signs for Man Utd

Today’s Euro Paper Talk shed more light on Gakpo’s future, including a claim he’s more likely to join United than another major name suitor – Arsenal.

Furthermore, PSV’s manager is former United striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Dutchman may favour a sale to the Red Devils when the time comes, especially as they’ll be able to compensate his club greatly with a large transfer fee.

Recent reports have claimed Gakpo’s valuation has swelled to £38m.

However, if he continues to score and assist at his current pace, don’t be surprised to see his fee soar above £50m when it’s time to move.

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