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Cody Gakpo latest: Leeds take transfer big step closer with major agreement as Marsch plans deadly link-up with star

Cody Gakpo, October 2022

Leeds United will reportedly win the race for PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo in January, beating Manchester United to his signature.

The 23-year-old became one of the major protagonists of the summer transfer window but ended up staying put. Arsenal and Leeds had long-term interest, with Man Utd going after him in the most recent market.

The Red Devils wanted eventual £84million signing Antony and Gakpo, but the fee for the former ruled a swoop for the latter out.

Nevertheless, reports in September claimed that Gakpo is aware of United’s interest. He has supposedly been preparing for them to come back in for him.

More recently, it emerged that PSV will have to make a major first-team sale in January.

According to the latest from the Daily Mirror, it is Leeds who will win the race for Gakpo in the coming months.

The Whites have agreed personal terms with PSV and are now discussing the attacker’s £30million fee, hoping to negotiate that down.

As for Man Utd’s Gakpo transfer hopes, boss Erik ten Hag ‘still wants’ the Dutchman, the report adds.

But, after a summer spending spree worth over £200million, he accepts a swoop is ‘unlikely’.

Instead, Leeds manager Jesse Marsch is reportedly planning on how to use Gakpo. The American believes he can strike up a strong bond with Luis Sinisterra.

Leeds signed the Colombia star from Feyenoord, so the pair will have a connection from the Eredivisie.

Marsch is a ‘huge admirer’ of Gakpo and believes he can blossom into a real talent at Elland Road.

Cody Gakpo and his European rise

Gakpo emerged on the scene for PSV in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring one goal and registering five assists in the Eredivisie.

Since then, he has racked up a total of 97 direct goal contributions in 150 games for PSV.

They have included six goals in 14 Europa League appearances, with three of those going in in two group stage games this season.

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizanni was confident of signing the Netherlands international and Bamba Dieng this summer.

He tweeted: “Agreed. Let’s welcome Bamba Dieng and we will continue to work on Gapko. Now it’s time to focus on the pitch and support our new project and the great job Jesse [Marsch] and the staff are doing.”

Leeds ended up getting neither player and instead signed Italy starlet Willy Gnonto.

Winger will get chance to shine

It feels like Gakpo’s move to the Premier League has been a long time coming, given the plethora of interest in him.

Leeds now look set to win the race for him and they can sit back and enjoy his PSV form for another few months if so.

But as well as looking to add to his 10 goals and 12 assists already this season, Gakpo will also want to star at the World Cup.

He has played all of his country’s last five games under Louis van Gaal, impacting the last three with goals and assists.

Should Leeds get the deal over the line, they are certainly making an exciting addition to their team and the Premier League.