PSV could allow Manchester United-linked Cody Gakpo to leave in the summer
PSV Eindhoven will ‘cooperate” if ‘suitable offers’ are made this summer for Netherlands international Cody Gakpo.
Manchester United have scouted the forward several times this season according to the Mirror.
But the Athletic report that the 22-year-old is being pursued by ‘leading sides’ as the season moves into its latter stages and clubs start to draw up plans for summer transfer targets.
The four-time Holland international is currently in the midst of his best season of his burgeoning career, scoring 16 goals in 37 matches across all competitions and contributing 15 assists (Transfermarkt).
Domestically, in the Eredivisie, as PSV look to wrestle the league title away from Erik ten Hag’s Ajax, Gakpo is averaging a direct goalscoring involvement in every game.
From 20 Dutch top-flight matches, Gakpo has eight goals and 13 assists to his name.
Despite there being interest in the January transfer window, Gakpo agreed to stay at the Philips Stadion and extended his contract with the Dutch giants by a year to 2026.
However, in the Athletic’s report, it states: “The contract does not have a release clause but an understanding was formed to ensure that if suitable offers land this summer, PSV will cooperate.”
Such is PSVs reported willingness to cooperate, this has led to the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool ‘accelerating’ their interest and holding ‘serious’ internal conversations about pushing for the Dutch ace.
Although no negotiations have reportedly started with PSV from the chasing pack, United face stern competition trying to land Gakpo.
An asking price has not reportedly been set but offers over £35million have already been ‘mentioned’.
After suffering a ‘bad challenge’ in PSVs recent Europa Conference League last-16 tie against Copenhagen, Gakpo wasn’t included in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for this months’ friendlies against Denmark and Germany.
Gakpo has only suffered ‘bruising of the bone’ and he could return for next month’s Conference League quarter-final clash against Leicester City where there is likely to be a strong scouting presence, including Manchester United, in attendance.
It looks like Cody Gakpo is destined for a big-money move this summer, but with Manchester United no closer to appointing their next permanent manager, Europe’s big clubs, who are settled and could all offer Champions League football could have the upper hand on the Red Devils.