Manchester United remain interested in signing PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo over the next 12 months, according to Forbes.

Despite being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, Gakpo remains at the Philips Stadion.

According to The Athletic, Manchester United agreed personal terms with the 23-year-old, but never submitted an official bid to PSV.

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Having splashed out over £200m during the summer, which was a record outlay for Manchester United in one window, pursuing Gakpo was seemingly put on the backburner.

However, had the Red Devils signed Antony from Ajax for £50m rather than £85m then there may have been money left in the transfer kitty for Erik ten Hag to pursue Gakpo as well as signing the Brazilian.

The twenty-time league champions’ stance may have also changed if Cristiano Ronaldo had left the club this summer, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner remains at the Theatre of Dreams after his agent Jorge Mendes failed to secure a switch to a Champions League club.

Manchester United remain interested in signing Cody Gakpo

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With Ronaldo’s contract expiring next summer, Ten Hag will likely want to bolster his forward line in future transfer windows.

Edinson Cavani wasn’t replaced following his departure and United are light on numbers upfront, which has only been heightened given the injury concerns surrounding Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Despite PSV director Marcel Brands claiming that Gakpo’s start to the season was disrupted due to United’s interest, his devastating form has indicated otherwise.

Gakpo has 21 direct goal involvements in his last 14 appearances in all competitions this season for club and country.

PSV’s number 11 has ten goals and nine assists from 13 club games this season, and he was also in inspiring form for his country during the international break.

With Gakpo hoping to shine at the World Cup under former United manager Louis van Gaal, the forward’s asking price could skyrocket if he impresses in Qatar.

But with United’s summer Eredivisie signings Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Antony getting off to an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, club officials will likely back Ten Hag if the Dutchman wants to sign Gakpo.

Gakpo and Ten Hag both also belong to the same Dutch-based talent agency SEG, which could make any potential negotiations smoother than usual.

Having somewhat been held to ransom by Ajax when negotiating the deal for Antony, United will be hoping for far easier and straightforward discussions if or when negotiations with PSV for Gakpo do begin.

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