According to transfer source, Dean Jones, Manchester United is now unlikely to sign PSV sensation Cody Gakpo.
United have been linked with the Netherlands international for much of the summer, but Jones believes Antony’s impending move to Old Trafford has effectively put an end to thoughts of Gakpo joining Erik ten Hag.
What is the most recent Gakpo news?
Ten Hag has been anxious to improve his offensive options throughout the transfer window, and Sky Sports reports that Antony has accepted an £85 million move to the Theatre of Dreams.
After missing Ajax’s game against Utrecht over the weekend, the Brazilian is likely to have a medical in the coming days.
Despite Antony’s impending arrival, Ten Hag is said to be keen on signing two attackers before the deadline.
Furthermore, Gakpo, who has 46 goals for PSV, has said that United is interested in him and that a move to Old Trafford is a “real” possibility.
“There are other possibilities, and United is a genuine option,” he added. “I can hear everything. I try to disconnect from it, but it’s difficult.”
Despite Gakpo’s comments, Jones has described the Red Devils’ chances of bringing him in as “very unlikely.”
What did Jones have to say about Gakpo?
When asked if the signing of Antony by United rules out Gakpo, he told GIVEMESPORT: “It pretty much does.” If Ronaldo leaves, I suppose there’s a slim chance they’ll pursue him as a replacement.
“But I’m told it’s very improbable at this moment; it’s not on the edge or anything, and other teams are interested in Gakpo, so I don’t see it happening.”
Do the Red Devils require Gakpo and Antony?
Bringing in Gakpo would clearly provide even more depth to Ten Hag’s roster, but he isn’t required.
Because Gakpo is a right-footed left-sided winger, akin to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and even Anthony Martial, a contract with United would make little sense.
Antony, on the other hand, has spent practically his entire Ajax career cutting in from the right, and with no left-footed strikers in the squad, he has an easy starting berth.
As a result, it’s easy to see why United have made Antony their primary summer goal, with Gakpo now appearing to be more of a bonus acquisition than a priority.