PSV Eindhoven’s prized asset came into his maiden World Cup as one of the most coveted players across Europe.
But having scored in his first three World Cup games, the 23-year-old sits joint top in the race to be crowned the tournament’s Golden Boot winner and his stock continues to rise.
But having shined on the biggest stage in football, The Daily Star reports that it would take an offer in the region of £50m for Manchester United or any other side to prize Gakpo away from PSV in the January transfer window.
Erik ten Hag‘s Red Devils could have signed the Dutch star for nearly half that fee back in the summer, but the twenty-time league champions cooled their interest in Gakpo after signing Antony from Ajax for £81.3m.
Tyrell Malacia has “no doubt” that Cody Gakpo is ready for United move
Following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure, Ten Hag’s striking options look somewhat depleted ahead of the second half of the 2022-23 campaign.
ESPN Netherlands reports Ten Hag’s Red Devils are still keen to sign Gakpo in January.
For club and country this season, PSV’s number 11 has a staggering 18 goals and 18 assists from 33 appearances.
While Gakpo’s valuation is now reportedly £50m, that price may continue to increase depending on how far Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands go in the competition.
If Gakpo fires the Oranje past Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals then his price is only likely to increase further.
But Malacia, who has become the first current United player to publicly praise Gakpo, is under no illusion that his compatriot is ready to take the next big step.
United’s number 12, who made the move from the Eredivisie to Manchester via Feyenoord told The Athletic: “He’s good enough for the top, there’s no doubt.”
Having saved £16m in wages following Ronaldo’s exit reports The Mail, the Glazers would have to stump up around £35m to bring Gakpo to Manchester in the new year.
But after a record outlay during the summer, it’ll be interesting to see whether Ten Hag is given the funds to go after Gakpo.