PSV Eindhoven attacker Cody Gakpo has confirmed that he was expecting to join Manchester United for most of the summer transfer window.
The Netherlands international was mentioned as one of the top attacking targets for United this summer, but the club did not make a formal approach to PSV.
Their prime focus was on signing Ajax winger Antony. After a huge outlay of €100m on the Brazilian, it became quite clear that their transfer business was done.
United were initially hoping to land the 22-year-old for around €60m, and the decision to spend €40m more on him meant that they emptied their transfer budget.
As a result, they could not afford Gakpo, who was valued at €45-50m. The 23-year-old has now confirmed that he was waiting for the Red Devils to make their move.
Speaking to PSV Eindhoven’s YouTube channel, he said: “At the start of the window, United registered their interest but not very strongly, so I was waiting for a bit.”
“And then the end was approaching and the signals became more positive. I started thinking it could fall that way eventually.
“The interest faded last week, so the whole window I worked towards that and then it faded.”
Gakpo went on to confirm that there were other Premier League clubs interested in him, but he eventually decided to stay with a view to the World Cup.
Man Utd could move for Gakpo in January
Gakpo had an excellent 2021/22 campaign with PSV, registering 36 goal contributions in all competitions.
He has carried over the form this season with seven goals and six assists from just nine appearances. The 23-year-old is currently in the prime of his career, and would have been a superb signing for United.
It won’t be a surprise if the club make a fresh move for him in January. Antony has been signed to bolster the right wing department and Gakpo would be a superb acquisition for United on the left flank.
The Netherlands international is also capable of playing up front which is an added boost.
Gakpo’s immediate focus will be on PSV and a potential World Cup berth with the Netherlands. A strong showing at the tournament in Qatar could see him attract interest from other elite clubs in January.
United will surely be assessing his performances, having kept him on their radar. He would fit perfectly in Erik ten Hag’s system with his pace, strong dribbling skills, link-up play and goal involvements.
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