Manchester United and Cody Gakpo are thought to have reached an agreement.
The 23-year-old has scored in both of the Netherlands’ World Cup games thus far, adding to the 13 goals he has already scored for PSV this season, as well as 17 assists. According to MEN Sport, United is looking for a replacement striker when Cristiano Ronaldo leaves.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are the only two players seen as capable of playing as the main striker, but the former has been plagued by injuries this season and none of Rashford’s eight goals have come while leading the line.
United discussed a possible transfer with Gakpo throughout the summer before Erik ten Hag decided to pay £85 million for Antony. The athlete confessed it was “sad” the deal didn’t work out, but he hasn’t allowed it to affect his performance this season.
Since then, United has been widely connected with the in-form Gakpo, with rumors intensifying due to Ronaldo’s departure. According to Football Insider, United has reached a deal in principle for the attacker, who can play as a winger or a center-forward. However, it is said that the club still has work to do in order to persuade PSV to allow him to depart in January.
Meanwhile, Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg reports that United outcast Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be allowed to go on loan in January.
Ten Hag does not like the defender, who has only played four minutes this season. When Diogo Dalot was suspended against Fulham in United’s final game before the World Cup, the Dutchman instead chose to deploy Tyrell Malacia at right back.
His future under Ten Hag is gloomy, and a permanent departure is possible if the Reds sign another right-back in the coming transfer windows.