Manchester United summer target Cody Gakpo shines on international stage
PSV Eindhoven talisman Cody Gakpo carried over his devastating club form by shining during the international break with Netherlands.
The 23-year-old could have been signed by Manchester United during the summer transfer window had the Red Devils been unable to sign Antony, or Cristiano Ronaldo had been sold.
But the twenty-time league champions managed to sign Antony from Ajax and despite Jorge Mendes’ best efforts, Ronaldo didn’t secure a move to a Champions League club.
Gakpo 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.
And despite PSV director Marcel Brands claiming that PSV’s number 11 start to the season was disrupted due to United’s interest, Gakpo’s form indicates otherwise.
Cody Gakpo shines on international stage
Prior to this month’s UEFA Nations League fixtures, Gakpo had scored a staggering 10 goals and provided nine assists from just 13 PSV games.
While on international duty with Louis van Gaal’s Oranje, the forward ensured that he took his direct goal involvement for the campaign beyond 20 before we reached October.
Having scored the winner against Poland on Thursday night to score his third international goal in eight caps, Gakpo started last night’s crucial clash against Belgium on the bench.
But he replaced the injured Steven Berghuis on the half hour mark and went on to play a starring role in ensuring Netherlands beat Belgium 1-0.
Gakpo created five chances and it was his corner that was headed home by Virgil van Dijk.
Gakpo has 21 direct goal involvements in his last 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
There is no doubt his value is soaring with every passing influential performance.
The Telegraph had claimed United were keen on a £34 million move for Gakpo, his value has probably already risen to £50m, and if he continues his eye-catching form at this winter’s World Cup, then his asking price will continue to soar.
Manchester United are unlikely to go back in for Gakpo during the January transfer window having spent over £200m during the summer, but the Dutchman is undeniably one of the hottest properties across Europe right now.