La Liga champions Real Madrid are reportedly showing interest in 23-year-old Dutch international Cody Gakpo.

According to a report by David Ornstein of The Athletic, Cody Gakpo is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. The reigning La Liga champions are closely monitoring the 23-year-old Dutch international. The PSV Eindhoven attacker has also attracted interest from Leeds United, Manchester United, and others.

Cody Gakpo has seen his stock skyrocket in the last few years as he has established himself as a pivotal figure for PSV Eindhoven. The youngster has been sensational in the first couple of months of the 2022/23 season. And his stature has increased considerably as a result.

The 23-year-old has an excellent tally of 13 goals and ten assists in 16 appearances across all competitions thus far this term. At the same time, Gakpo has also become a regular for the Dutch national side under Louis van Gaal. And his exploits have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among his prospective suitors.

Gakpo had captured the attention of several Premier League clubs in the summer. And Leeds United had come close to signing him before PSV Eindhoven pulled the plug on a sale on deadline day. But Real Madrid’s entrance in the equation might complicate matters for Leeds and other English suitors.

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The interest from Real Madrid is intriguing, considering Federico Valverde has reinvented himself as a right-sided attacker. At the same time, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes have been in fine form in the first two months of the 2022/23 season. But Marco Asensio has entered the final year of his contract and will unlikely sign a new deal with Real Madrid.

In addition, Eden Hazard’s future is up in the air, with the Belgian international still being a bit-part player for Los Blancos. Gakpo might thus be a viable target, especially considering he can play as a striker. And Real Madrid’s emergence in the race to sign the 23-year-old Dutch international might spoil Leeds United’s party.

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Recent reports have claimed that Leeds and Gakpo have agreed to personal terms. But according to David Ornstein, the 23-year-old has second thoughts about joining the Whites. His displays this term have led him to believe he can join a bigger club. And a move to Real Madrid might be on the cards if the Merengues pursue him seriously.

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