Manchester United ‘now turn to £35m Arsenal and Liverpool target Cody Gakpo from PSV’


Man United’s desperate striker hunt goes on as Erik ten Hag ‘turns to £35m-rated Liverpool target Cody Gakpo’ after stopping Marko Arnautovic pursuit and missing out on Antony and Benjamin Sesko

  • Cody Gakpo scored 21 goals in 47 matches for Eredivisie side PSV last season 
  • The Dutch outfit are unlikely to drop their £35m asking price for the 23-year-old 
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy’s men can still qualify for Champions League group stages 
  • It comes after United decided not to continue their pursuit of Marko Arnautovic 

Manchester United’s desperate search for a forward has reportedly led them to register an interest in PSV winger Cody Gakpo.

Sportsmail revealed in April that Arsenal held talks with the Dutch international over a summer move, while the 23-year-old has also been linked with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Gakpo – who has netted twice in seven international matches – scored 21 goals and set up a further 15 in 47 games last season to help PSV push eventual champions Ajax all the way in the 2021-22 Eredivisie.

Manchester United have reportedly registered an interest in signing PSV winger Cody Gakpo

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United boss Erik ten Hag is desperate to add to his attacking options before the window closes

United boss Erik ten Hag is desperate to add to his attacking options before the window closes

But ESPN now claim United have made their interest known in the Holland star – who is valued at £35m – but have yet to submit a bid.

The Dutch outfit are unlikely to accept a lower figure, particularly as former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side are still in with a chance of qualifying for this season’s Champions League group stages.

PSV go into Tuesday’s second leg of their tie in the third Champions League qualifying round against Monaco all square, and could make the group stages if they beat the Ligue 1 side and also emerge victorious from the two-legged play-off round.

However, the report claims Gakpo, who scored twice in PSV’s 4-1 opening-day win against FC Emmen on Saturday, would be keen to move to United if terms are agreed.

PSV - who are managed by Ruud van Nistelrooy (left) - are keen to keep hold of Gakpo (right)

PSV – who are managed by Ruud van Nistelrooy (left) – are keen to keep hold of Gakpo (right)

Gakpo scored twice in PSV's 4-1 opening-day win against FC Emmen on Saturday

Gakpo scored twice in PSV’s 4-1 opening-day win against FC Emmen on Saturday

United manager Erik ten Hag admitted after his new side’s defeat at home to Brighton on Sunday that he needs more forwards in his squad, with the club having been frustrated in their pursuit of a player in that position so far this summer.

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The report claims they were priced out of a move for Ajax winger Antony after the Dutch champions dramatically upped their asking price for the in-demand winger from £68m to £84m.

The Red Devils have also been pipped by RB Leipzig to Benjamin Sesko, 19, from sister club Salzburg, with the Slovenia international joining the German Bundesliga side next summer after another year on loan at the Austrian outfit.

United had been aware that Red Bull were keen for Sesko to remain within their group and have been looking at alternatives such as Austria internationals Marko Arnautovic of Bologna and Sasa Kalajdzic at Stuttgart.

Gakpo has been linked with a move to Mikel Arteta's Arsenal and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool

Gakpo has been linked with a move to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool

United were reportedly priced out of a move for Antony after Ajax upped their price to £84m

United were reportedly priced out of a move for Antony after Ajax upped their price to £84m 

United have had a £7.5m offer for Arnautovic rejected by Bologna and The Athletic reported on Tuesday that they have pulled out of the move.

The Red Devils have also lined up Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot as an alternative to Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona.

Some reports suggest a £15m fee has been agreed for the France international, with the next hurdle being agreeing personal terms with the 27-year-old’s notorious mother Veronique. 

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £15m fee for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £15m fee for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot 

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