Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, head coach of PSV Eindhoven, has hinted that star player Cody Gakpo could leave the club as early as the January transfer window, amid ongoing speculation about a move to Old Trafford..
Gakpo, who scored three times in five World Cup appearances for the Netherlands, has had an excellent season for the Dutch giants so far, making him one of Europe’s most sought-after players. He has 13 goals and 17 assists in 24 appearances this season, which explains why so many clubs are interested in signing him..
The 23-year-old PSV left-sided winger was on United’s radar during the summer, and he admitted in October that he did hold talks with Erik ten Hag about a possible move to Old Trafford. Ten Hag, on the other hand, had his sights set on landing top target Antony to bolster the Reds’ wide options..
Nonetheless, reports linking United to a move for Gakpo next month have persisted, particularly after he had a successful World Cup campaign in Qatar. The Reds intend to bolster their attacking options with the addition of a striker next month..
And Van Nistelrooy has admitted that PSV may be forced to release Gakpo as soon as next month, though he would prefer to do so in the summer.
“I prefer the summer, but it could also be now,” Van Nistelrooy told Voetbal International. “You just know there will come a time when you won’t be able to say no.”
Gakpo, who scored 21 goals and assisted 15 times for PSV last season, is widely expected to join United next month and become the club’s new face up front..
However, the Dutchman has played his best football in the Netherlands on the left wing, raising doubts about his ability to play as an out-and-out striker in the Premier League.
During the World Cup, he played as both a striker and an attacking midfielder for the Netherlands, demonstrating his versatility. However, all of his luck in a PSV shirt has been on the left..
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