Manchester United were heavily linked with Dutch international and PSV Eindhoven star, Cody Gakpo, in the summer transfer window but failed to sign him.
As per Marcel Brands, the Oranje attacker had agreed terms to leave and would have been sold by the Eredivisie club, but no offer was received for his services.
PSV’s Director of Football told Voetbal International (via Manchester Evening News):
“I can say, with my hand on my heart, that there has been no offer for Cody to which the management or the supervisory board have said. We must do this.”
“We did state that if there were certain offers, we would have to sell. [This is] not only from a financial point of view, but also because agreements were made with the Gakpo camp before my time.”
We already know that Gakpo actually agreed personal terms with Manchester United but the Old Trafford club did not make an offer because their priority was to lure Antony and signing the Brazilian eventually ate out the budget (The Athletic).
So, based on Brands’ comments, Man Utd would have been able to secure the signing of the Netherlands winger if they had opted to make the right offer.
It must be remembered that PSV Einhoven were demanding a fee of 60 million euros (£52.5m) to sell the reigning Dutch Footballer of the Year in the summer (Eindhovens Dagblad).
This term, in just 13 games, the 23-year-old star has already directly contributed in 19 goals (10 goals and 9 assists).
At the weekend, he scored a goal and provided three assists to help his team earn all three points against rivals Feyenoord (4-3).
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