According to Jason Burt of The Telegraph, Manchester United are set to submit a formal offer for PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo, exciting many Red Devils fans with one calling the Dutch international “the perfect striker for Erik ten Hag”. The skilful attacker would be sure to bring a level of creativity currently missing in the Old Trafford ranks should he join, and, as Burt says, that is now expected to happen.
Cody Gakpo: ‘Perfect Striker for Erik Ten Hag’ Now Expected to Join Manchester United
PSV are holding out for a slightly higher fee for Cody Gakpo – around £38.2m – but the negotiations are not expected to be a problem once United make their bid | @JBurtTelegraph #TelegraphFootball #MUFC https://t.co/dFuqLu2Dqf
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 19, 2022
Dutch International Will Add to the Red Devils
The Mancunian giants are now set to table an official bid for Gakpo. PSV are holding out for around £38 million, but the Red Devils are confident that they can make up the difference with add-ons, with negotiations not expected to be a problem.
The Dutch winger is the no. 1 target for the red half of Manchester to improve their underperforming attacking options following Ajax‘s rejection of their £67.9 million bid for Antony. The Telegraph claimed earlier this month that the Dutch international and United boss Erik ten Hag share the same agent, thus making a move to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford more feasible. The PSV star represents a much cheaper option and one which is greatly admired by Ten Hag.
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What Gakpo would bring to Old Trafford
The 23-year-old attacker enjoyed a brilliant season for the Dutch side last campaign, scoring 21 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions. Standing at 6’2″ tall, he should be more than capable of coping with the physicality of Premier League football.
Manchester United will submit a formal bid for PSV winger Cody Gakpo according to @JBurtTelegraph. 👀 pic.twitter.com/wUuPo96Oyk
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He possesses great control and technique, with excellent movement which would undoubtedly bring dynamism to the Old Trafford attack that has been poor in the opening two league games of the season.
The Dutchman has proven his ability in front of goal, but he also possesses the skillset to play that decisive pass in the final third, creating chances for his teammates. Gakpo would bring versatility to the Red Devils’ attack, capable of playing all across the front line.