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Man Utd need to pay €50m up front to sign Cody Gakpo – Fabrizio Romano

Manchester United will need to pay a guaranteed fee of €50 million to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven in January, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano claims.

The Red Devils were keen on landing the Dutchman’s services in the summer, but decided against an approach after making a huge outlay of €100m to sign Antony from Ajax.

United are now planning a fresh approach for Gakpo in the New Year and speaking to The United Stand, Romano said that PSV may now want €50m upfront for the 23-year-old.

He said: “I think they [PSV] want €50 million guaranteed for Cody Gakpo.”

Gakpo’s valuation increasing with every game

United had the opportunity to sign Gakpo for an overall package of €50m during the summer transfer window, but ran out of budget after meeting Ajax’s demands for Antony.

They may probably be regretting the decision. The Dutchman has been in sensational form this term for club and country. He has bagged 13 goals and 17 assists from just 24 games for PSV.

For the Netherlands, Gakpo has been the stand-out player at the World Cup, netting in each of their group games. He has been clinical, scoring with three of his four shots on target.

With such kind of form, PSV will be aiming to make the most. They will be hoping for interest from multiple European clubs such that they can increase Gakpo’s valuation even further.

One thing in United’s favour could be Gakpo’s preference. The attacker believed he was about to join the club in the summer, only for the hierarchy to decide against his transfer.

If United return for him in January, he could be tempted to make the switch. He has already admitted in a recent interview that it would be a honour to play for the Red Devils in future.

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