Cody Gakpo held talks with Erik ten Hag over Manchester United transfer

PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo has told The Times how close he came to signing for Manchester United this summer.

The Netherlands international says he held talks with Erik ten Hag and hoped to land a move to Old Trafford.

United eventually were unable to complete the deal, with a move to sign Antony costing £81 million.

The club also struggled to offload players and no buyer was found for wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo, decreasing the urgency to sign Gakpo.

Gakpo shares an agent with Ten Hag and a deal was not expected to be a complicated one for United, if funds were available.

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Gakpo held talks with Erik ten Hag

Gakpo explained he held talks with Ten Hag over a switch, and was disappointed a move did not end up coming off.

He said: “I was close to leaving, I spoke to Erik ten Hag a few times at Manchester United.

“In the end the deal didn’t go through, which was a shame, for me and my development, and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but also for PSV, because to transfer a player to Manchester United is a good thing for the club.”

Gakpo had offers to move elsewhere, turning them down, potentially with an eye to landing a bigger move in January or next summer.

“It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window and in that week I had to decide if I would go to Leeds or Southampton. In the end I stayed, but it was a stressful period.”

Gakpo has scored 13 goals this season including 9 in 10 Eredivisie matches. He has a further 11 assists.

His combined goals and assists tally of 24 is more than any player in Europe, and Manchester United will certainly be taking note.

There could be a bidding war for his services in future windows, and strong performances at the World Cup could further inflate his price tag.

United may regret not paying up for Gakpo in the summer, especially if he were to end up at a Premier League competitor.

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