Liverpool strike Cody Gakpo deal with PSV Eindhoven

Liverpool strike Cody Gakpo deal with PSV Eindhoven

After Jurgen Klopp and co. outdid Manchester United by signing a contract with PSV Eindhoven, Cody Gakpo will now be headed to Liverpool.

According to PSV Eindhoven, Liverpool and the Dutch club have struck an agreement for Cody Gakpo to join them. The transfer fee is expected to be between £35 million and £45 million.

With three goals in five appearances at the World Cup, Cody Gakpo raised his profile before the Netherlands were eliminated by eventual champions Argentina.

In the summer, Manchester United expressed interest in Gakpo before pursuing a deal to acquire Antony from Ajax.

In a similar maneuver, Klopp and his team signed Luis Diaz ahead of Tottenham Hotspur at the eleventh hour earlier this year.

Ten Hag is now forced to consider a backup strategy after the result, with the Red Devils reportedly interested in a number of strikers, including Goncalo Ramos of Benfica and Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid.

The first few weeks the Dutch international spent at Old Trafford in June piqued Ten Hag’s interest in him.

Gakpo was available at the time, but the Dutchman, who had previously worked with Brazilian winger Antony for two years at former club Ajax, opted to pursue Antony instead.

Although United and PSV resumed discussions this month, Liverpool has all but won the contest in a decisive fashion.

Before PSV issued their statement, it was known that Liverpool and PSV were in advanced negotiations over the deal as Liverpool sought to add another attacking player in the wake of the long-term injuries suffered by Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.

For teams in England and Scotland, the transfer window will open on Sunday, January 1, 2023. If all the appropriate paperwork is submitted, Gakpo could make his Liverpool debut against Brentford on Monday, January 2.

Gakpo possesses all the qualities needed in a modern attacker, and after completing a perfect treble in the World Cup, clubs all across Europe were vying for his services before Liverpool triumphed.

Undoubtedly, United are seeking a new direction in an effort to counteract Ronaldo’s contentious exit. Ten Hag further told the Athletic, “But only when we discover the right guy.”

The former Ajax manager acknowledged the following when asked whether Gakpo would be acquired: “I am unable to comment on certain players. Never will I do that.

I understand that players have contracts, but we must make sure that we are working behind the scenes to bring in the right players.”

Cody Gakpo “has everything it takes to become a star,” according to Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal during the World Cup, and the forward certainly appears to be on the fast track to the top of the game after continuing his outstanding Eredivisie form in Qatar.

Gakpo, who is 23 years old, is already performing at a high level, but is driven to improve. He is an appealing investment because of this.

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