Manchester United are preparing a move for £35million-rated PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.
United boss Erik ten Hag, who shares the same agency as Gakpo, is keen to sign the 23-year-old to bolster his attack.
Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia have already been signed in defense along with midfielder Christian Eriksen this summer, but the Dutchman hasn’t been able to strengthen his frontline yet.
With Anthony Martial currently injured and worries over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, United are looking for more options up front.
They have missed striker Benjamin Sesko, who will join RB Leipzig next summer, and recently withdrew their interest in Marko Arnautovic from Bologna.
United spent much of the window chasing their top target forward Antony, but it had long been apparent that Ajax were planning to keep him and would expect just under £70m to change that.
Gakpo, currently managed by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, has emerged as a longer-term solution to the lack of quality options in the striker department.
The Dutch international is a PSV academy product and scored 21 goals in 47 games last season.
PSV’s position is that if a club with strong financial resources arrives, retaining their star players is unlikely.
Meanwhile, United have reached an agreement to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
There is still work to be done until the transfer is complete, with personal terms still to be negotiated with his agent and mother Veronique, but it should get done.
“Gakpo a player Ten Hag knows”
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy on The Transfer Show:
“Manchester United are preparing an offer for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.
“They’ve been saying for a long time that they have alternative attacking targets. It won’t surprise anyone if I say it’s a player that Erik ten Hag knows, like I said, it’s the manager leading their process recruitment.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy being in the PSV dugout could help smooth things over. PSV have had a public stance that they would like to keep their key players, but at the end of the day they know that if a club comes in with resources important finances, he could not refuse that.
“He’s versatile, can play as a focal point if needed. He’s another player you wonder why United haven’t tried this sooner. He’s represented by SEG, who also represent Ten Hag.
“We know that PSV, with their Champions League qualification campaign, don’t want to listen to any offers until they are certain of their position in the tournament.
“If it had been done at the start of the window it would have been a different story, it wouldn’t have been so critical.”
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