Manchester United might have to splash a whopping €75 million in a bid to secure a deal for PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo.
As per Foot Mercato, PSV Eindhoven have fixed the price tag on Cody Gakpo at a staggering €75 million. Manchester United are continuing to monitor the player’s progress since the summer.
Manchester United were on the tail of the Dutch forward almost throughout the summer as they were heavily inclined towards a deal, only to be denied by PSV Eindhoven. Erik ten Hag pursued Antony from his previous employer Ajax, but the Brazilian is a no match to Gakpo’s current form.
Gakpo arrived on the World Cup stage as a largely unknown entity, But his stupendous scoring exploits have alerted a host of clubs, and PSV will grab this opportunity to grind out as much money as they can. And they have now slapped a €75 million price tag on him.
Manchester United had seen a bid being rejected by PSV in the summer as the Dutch club aimed for a better price. They were also desperate to keep hold of the 23-year-old, and their persistence could finally pay off as they could be set for a huge windfall in January.
It could be a tricky situation for the Red Devils as the Glazers have already listed the club for sale. And the American owners might be at a point of hesitation before injecting further money into the club. This is despite having an agreement in principle with the player.
Gakpo’s three goals at the World Cup have taken him to a massive 36 goal contribution in the ongoing season, leaving behind the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. Even then, the €75 million price tag might hinder Manchester United.
The youngster will be crucial for the Netherlands, who will be crossing paths with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the quarter-finals. Real Madrid have also been looking at the possibility of signing Gakpo, and the Dutch forward could be a long-term replacement for Eden Hazard who seems to have passed his prime.
Manchester United won’t be looking to spend that much in January as they will also have other concerned areas to address. They can agree on a deal in January by negotiating a lower price and can send the player back to the club on loan for the remaining period. But that is unlikely to be done as ten Hag has demanded a forward on an emergency basis, and Gakpo could be the man for them.