PSV Eindhoven’s chances of keeping Cody Gakpo are non-existent after his World Cup showings, claim former Dutch footballer Hans Kraay Jr.

Gakpo has scored two goals in two games for the Netherlands so far, weakening PSV’s hopes of keeping hold of the forward.

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‘Gakpo is gone’

Kraay Jr told Voetbal Primeur he sees no future for Gakpo in the Eredivisie.

He said: “Gakpo is gone. PSV is not going to keep him, and can no longer keep him.

“Gakpo will play in the Premier League. The chance that it will be Manchester United is now a lot bigger, because Cristiano Ronaldo is gone. They have even more money available.”

He also referenced recent interest from Liverpool, citing the fact both clubs are in for him as further evidence of Gakpo’s impending departure.

Gakpo now has a staggering 34 goal contributions for club and country this season.

Last season he managed to impress Erik ten Hag by scoring a crucial goal to lead PSV to a KNVB Cup final win over Ajax.

Gakpo told The Times he held talks with manager Erik ten Hag in the summer over a move to Manchester United.

Kraay Jr is right that United’s need for a forward is heightened by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the club.

Dutch outlet Eindhoven Dagblad reported last week that PSV’s preference is to sell Gakpo next summer instead of mid-season, with Fabrizio Romano claiming they want a fee upwards of £40 million.

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