Erik ten Hag is set to play a pivotal role in Manchester United beating Liverpool to a £65million attacking sensation from Holland, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims Tottenham have rekindled their interest in signing an Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder.
TEN HAG KEY TO LANDING WORLD CUP SENSATION
Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag will be key in persuading PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo to join the Red Devils over a host of other interested parties, according to a Dutch journalist.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Netherlands attacker as they look for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ten Hag currently has Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as his main forward options. But with the latter injury-prone, United are expected to try and add to their squad in January.
Ten Hag is known to have shown an interest in Gakpo over the summer, while the player himself has seemingly welcomed an offer from the Red Devils.
The talented 23-year-old has contributed nine goals and 12 assists in just 14 Eredivisie matches this campaign. Gakpo also has three goals in four matches at the World Cup for the Netherlands.
His form this season, and in Qatar, has seen his price rocket from around £25m in the summer market to PSV’s latest demands of a whopping £65m.
Dutch journalist claims advantage United in Gakpo chase
And Voetbal International journalist Marco Timmer claims Ten Hag will pivotal when United speak to the player’s agent after the World Cup.
“His entourage have held talks with most of the big European clubs over the last two seasons. They want to know what the plans are with Cody,” Timmer told Bernabeu Digital.
“Last summer, Manchester United wanted him and until the last market week he thought he would play for United. Afterwards, Leeds United and Southampton were very serious, but Gakpo wanted to stay at PSV.
“For the winter transfer window, his agents will talk after the World Cup with bigger clubs like Manchester United again, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, for example. Manchester United seem to have a slight advantage in my opinion.
“Manager Erik ten Hag has the same agency as Gakpo and I think he needs a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.”
United would certainly steal a march over bitter rivals Liverpool if they can get Gakpo on board, but it remains to be seen whether or not PSV will be willing to do business in January or wait until next summer.
SPURS STEP UP EFFORTS TO SIGN FRANKFURT ATTACKER
Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund have both stepped up their efforts to sign Eintracht Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada. The attacking midfielder will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Bild)
AC Milan could make a shock move for Man City and England star Jack Grealish in the near future. (Calciomercato.it)
Real Madrid are willing to meet Palmeiras’ £62m asking price for 16-year-old starlet Endrick and will sign him in 2024.
Liverpool have joined Arsenal, Chelsea and Inter in the race to sign Yunus Musah. (Calciomercato)
Franck Kessie will stay at Barcelona, despite interest from a number of clubs in January, according to Barca sporting advisor Jordi Cruyff.
PORTO STRIKER GIVES CHELSEA HOPE OVER MOVE
Iran forward Mehdi Taremi is in no hurry to sign a new contract with FC Porto. The striker has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (A Bola)
Midfielder Marco Verratti has accepted all details of PSG’s new contract proposal. (Fabrizio Romano)
Wolves coach Julen Lopetegui has confirmed his club want to sign Brazilian pair Matheus Cunha and Felipe from Atletico Madrid in January. (ESPN)
AC Milan have cooled their interest in Tottenham and Man Utd target Hakim Ziyech. (Calciomercato)
Juventus are plotting a move for Real Valladolid star Ivan Fresneda to replace Weston McKennie in January. (Tuttosport)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Achraf Hakimi has told his former Inter teammate Lautaro Martinez that he wants to return to the Stadio Meazza. However, a deal with PSG appears unlikely. (Il Corriere Dello Sport)
Arsenal, Barcelona and PSG want to sign 15-year-old Palmeiras and Brazil winger Estevao Willian.
PSV are ‘trying to continue’ the loan deal for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite beyond January, when he is expected to return to Goodison Park. (Rik Elfrink)
Osasuna star David Garcia has made it clear he would snub a potential Wolves transfer ‘unless something unusual happens’. (Estadio Deportivo)
Spain Under-21 coach Luis de la Fuente is the No. 1 candidate to take over from Luis Enrique after he at the helm of the national team. (Cadena Ser)