Man Utd transfer news: Ten Hag warned top target’s fee could hit eye-watering new heights after starring World Cup role

Ben Stewart
Frenkie de Jong, Steven Bergwijn and Cody Gakpo

Cody Gakpo has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but one former World Cup finalist is warning that his price tag could rise significantly if he enjoys success at Qatar 2022.

The Dutch international scored his first World Cup goal against Senegal in their opening fixture. The Netherlands went on to win the match 2-0 after Gakpo put them ahead.

The 23-year-old played in a free role behind Vincent Janssen and Steven Bergwijn against Senegal. Gakpo headed them in front in the 84th minute after a hotly contested battle.

Gakpo himself has been on fine form this season for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.

In 14 league appearances, he has scored nine goals whilst also producing 12 assists. That means he has averaged a whopping 1.5 goal contributions per game in the league.

If he was to carry on at this rate he would finish the season with 51 goal contributions in the league alone. He has also grabbed plenty of headlines in the Europa League, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the group stage.

His fine form this season has attracted interest from Man Utd as well as several other clubs, although his price might be about to spike.

Cody Gakpo price tag could rocket

The World Cup always presents itself as an opportunity for players to put themselves in the shop window. In Gakpo’s case, it could exponentially increase his price tag.

De Telegraaf have highlighted that Leeds United offered around £25million for Gakpo in the summer, as well as further add ons.

A deal could not be finalised in the end and now the same report claims that his original value ‘will be far surpassed’ if he continues to perform.

Former Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder has echoed these thoughts adding: “How much he will bring in depends largely on this World Cup.

“If he puts in two or three more here, it could easily be €80million [£69million]. That’s how it works. The World Cup is a wonderful showcase.”

Indeed Gakpo is already off to a great start in the World Cup with a goal against Senegal. If he continues to deliver at the tournament then Man Utd might need to go over the odds to sign him.

Man Utd have other targets

Gakpo would be a useful addition for Erik ten Hag as he can play in several different roles.

He is capable of playing through the middle as a number nine or in a more creative role as well as being a great outlet on the wing.

Ten Hag has already shown a preference to target players from the Eredivisie, but they won’t be alone in their interest.

If a move for Gakpo cannot be completed, they do have other targets in mind for January and next summer.

An ambitious move for Kylian Mbappe has been discussed, although looks unlikely at this stage.

Perhaps a more realistic alternative would be Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix. Rumours have emerged that he may be available on a loan deal which United could take advantage of.

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