The start of the new season could not have gone better for Cody Gakpo. The PSV Eindhoven attacking player has scored ten goals and set up nine goals in 13 games in all competitions. An outstanding value for the Dutch international.
Gakpo delivered a similarly strong performance last season. However, there was no move to one of Europe’s top leagues in the summer, although there was concrete interest – especially from the English Premier League. A transfer to the island for the 23-year-old shooting star would have been possible on Deadline Day.
Leeds offer – United bring in Antony
Speaking to ‘Voetbal International’, PSV CEO Marcel Brands revealed details of a Leeds United offer: “It was €30 million plus €13 million in bonuses, of which only €2 million was realistic. For example, we would get six million euros if they make it to the Champions League.” An admittedly extremely ambitious scenario for the Peacocks.
“I can say with my hand on my heart that there has never been an offer for Cody that the management or the board of directors said: ‘We have to do this’.”, says Brands. An offer that satisfies the expectations of PSV’s business floor was not on the table by the end of the transfer window.
According to media reports, Erik ten Hag had also expressed great interest in Gakpo. Ultimately, however, Manchester United shelled out 95 million euros for the Brazilian Antony from Ajax Amsterdam. The transfer of Gakpo was no longer an issue at Old Trafford.
WM as a reason for staying
In order to be in top form for the upcoming World Cup, the prolific attacking all-rounder decided to stay in the Netherlands after talking to national coach Louis van Gaal, as Gakpo told the club’s media: “His advice was clear. That I should follow my feelings. But that a transfer in a World Cup year is such a transition, from club to club. It’s not ideal for a player and I agreed with him on that.”
Actually, the right footer had already committed to a move to the Red Devils: “It was a bit last minute for me too because I looked at United and then I would have had to choose another club.”
Gakpo’s next chance comes in January when the transfer window reopens. Whether a transfer to the Premier League can then be realized remains to be seen. However, the national player is working with his performances to ensure that the interest of the clubs does not diminish. Gakpo almost single-handedly decided the game against Feyenoord Rotterdam (4:3) with one goal and three assists.