Cody Gakpo was heavily linked with a move to Leeds United in the final days of the summer transfer window, but now he has been tipped to join a bigger club.
The Dutchman was a wanted man this summer, with no less than seven different clubs interested in signing him. PSV eventually managed to retain his services, despite a strong public push from Leeds.
Pundit thinks Cody Gakpo can join a better club than Leeds United
Gakpo is arguably the best player in the Eredivisie since the start of last season.
The 23-year-old has scored 21 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions in 2021/22, and he has also started this campaign with flying colors. In just 12 appearances this season, Gakpo has been directly involved in 15 goals which is a truly sensational comeback for a wide player.
Leeds were really keen on signing Gakpo this summer. Andrea Radrizzani even publicly claimed that he was trying to sign the Dutch international on transfer deadline day but that move didn’t materialize in the end.
However, reports emerged that Los Blancos will make another move for Gakpo in January. Jesse Marsch would certainly like to sign him, but Rene van de Kerkhof believes he ‘can do better’ than Leeds.
He said Voetbal InternationalQuoted by PSV fans: “No kidding, I think he will be the revelation of the World Cup. He can play football so well, he always plays well against the top teams. I see him excelling at the World Cup and becoming the surprise of the tournament.
“Of course, it will allow him to leave PSV during the winter break, but I think he will just finish the season and take PSV to the title. Leeds, Southampton… I have no contempt for these clubs, but Gakpo can do better. I don’t think England suits him. Spain or Italy is more obvious.
The summer transfer window was Leeds’ best chance to sign Gakpo. He would have been a sensational signing for them but Los Blancos’ chances of getting him next year look really slim.
Gakpo, described as ‘perfect’, is likely to be part of the Dutch national team at the World Cup. All eyes will be on him in Qatar, and if he has a good tournament, several clubs across Europe could end up making a move for him in January.
Clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Newcastle have all been linked with a move before, and if any of these clubs rekindle their interest, it will be extremely difficult for Leeds to attract them.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Gakpo in January, especially if he becomes a World Cup star.
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