Cody Gakpo's start to the season was disrupted due to Manchester United uncertainty
Cody Gakpo‘s start to the season was disrupted due to Manchester United uncertainty, according to PSV Eindhoven director Marcel Brands.
The 23-year-old admitted that he felt he was destined to secure a move to Old Trafford during the latter days of the summer transfer window, as per The Athletic.
The Telegraph had claimed United were keen on a £34 million for Gakpo, but The Independent had stated that the Red Devils would only pursue the Netherlands international if Cristiano Ronaldo secured a move away from the Theatre of Dreams.
Ronaldo stayed at Old Trafford and with the long pursuit of Antony resulting in the Red Devils forking out a deal which could reach £85m to sign the Brazilian international from Ajax, United’s pursuit of Gakpo seemingly went on the backburner.
There was seemingly no money left in the coffers to bring in both Antony and Gakpo in the same transfer window, but Erik ten Hag‘s decision to not allow Anthony Elanga to leave was also a factor in our interest in PSV’s number 11 cooling, according to The Athletic.
Cody Gakpo’s start to the season was disrupted due to Manchester United uncertainty
While Brands claims that Gakpo, who is managed by former Reds striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, had an unsettled start to the season, his form has certainly not been impacted by all the speculation surrounding his future.
Speaking to Voetbal Primeur, Brands said: “Cody has had a difficult preparation with us because he has spoken with Manchester United.
“They didn’t come until mid-August and it didn’t go through.
“I even think Cody wouldn’t have left at the end of the transfer window if the right amount had been offered.
“There has been no bid that approached the lower limit of what we agreed with Cody.”
From 12 matches this season, Gakpo has nine goals and six assists to his name. If he maintains his scintillating form and shines at the World Cup, Ten Hag and Manchester United could reignite their interest in January, or in the summer.