Manchester United ahead of Arsenal in race to sign Cody Gakpo

Manchester United are the favourites to land PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, who is also a target for Arsenal.

Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Manchester United could beat Arsenal to get a deal done for Cody Gakpo. The Dutch sensation has been a subject of interest from a number of clubs, including Arsenal, and his stint at PSV Eindhoven could be shortened in January.

Manchester United were on the verge of finalising a transfer for the youngster. But the last-ditch move to sign Antony from Ajax scuppered their plans. The links have not been able to distract Gakpo from his objective, as 2022/23 has turned out to be an excellent season for the winger.

Very few can match his goal tally as the player has been involved in 27 goal contributions in 21 matches this season and looking fierce with each passing day. His performance in PSV’s 2-0 win over Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League could capture the Gunners’ interest.

The north Londoners have made a very good start to the season. But fears of getting submerged into the bed of inconsistency have heightened following their two-game winless run.

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They are about to face Nottingham Forest in their next match. And with the Tricky Trees surprising everyone by earning a shocking win over Liverpool last weekend, Arsenal will have a tough task in front of them.

It is suggested that PSV are in dire need of funds. And to oblige that, they need to clear out some players. The Dutch giants were ready to part ways with Gakpo, but then Technical Director John de Jong blocked his move. The effect was so severe that de Jong had to lose his position as the board was furious with his decision.

Should Manchester United arrive with a bid in the region of €30 million, PSV will be forced to accept the move as they need to raise funds before the end of the season. Manchester United want to sign a centre-forward over a wide player to put an end to their disastrous finishing skills.

But Gakpo’s fluent goal-scoring ability could be an added advantage for Erik ten Hag, who is eyeing the mountain to climb. It remains to be seen whether Manchester United decide to invest more in attacking players or they refrain till the next summer. Arsenal’s interest might push the Red Devils to do business early.

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