Marcel Brands confirms Man Utd spoke to Cody Gakpo over summer transfer



PSV director of football Marcel Brands has confirmed that Cody Gakpo is in talks with Manchester United over a possible transfer during the summer transfer window.

The Dutch international was widely expected to join the Red Devils last month but a deal failed to materialize after the club spent their remaining budget to land Antony from Ajax.

Gakpo recently admitted he expects to join United, and Brands has now revealed the striker’s preparation for the season has been disrupted by interest from the Red Devils.

He added that United only made a formal approach in mid-August but the offer was insufficient.

He told Eindhovens Dagblad: “Cody had a difficult preparation with us because he spoke with Manchester United. They only arrived in mid-August and it didn’t work out.

“I don’t even think Cody would have left at the end of the transfer window if the right amount had been offered. There were no offers that came close to the lower limit of what we agreed with Cody.

United could make another move for Gakpo next year

United initially aimed to land Antony and Gakpo this summer. However, they had to spend beyond the odds to convince Ajax to part ways with the former before the deadline.

As a result, the club couldn’t afford to sign Gakpo from the Dutch Cup champions. PSV were eyeing €50m for him, but United were reluctant to offer more than €29m.

In our opinion, United could return for Gakpo at the start of the year. His form has been spectacular this season with nine goals and six assists in just 12 appearances.

The Dutchman has played every game from the left wing, and that could be a position that Erik ten Hag could look to strengthen. He might want more depth and competition in the team.

The Red Devils are eyeing four signings in the next phase of the rebuild. A striker is one of the priorities, and Gakpo would be a superb acquisition as he can also play in multiple roles.

While he tends to favor the left wing, he can operate on the opposite flank as well as lead the line.

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