Manchester United are reportedly ahead of Arsenal to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
gakpo he was on the verge of a move to the Premier League in the summer, with Leeds and Southampton, along with United and Arsenal, all interested in the striker.
And that interest will only have increased this season, as Gakpo has registered 13 goals and 13 assists in 20 games in all competitions.
According to transfer expert Dean Jones, there is “no doubt” Gakpo will push for him to leave next year and believes United are ahead of the Gunners in the race for him.
He said GiveMeSport: “He has been brilliant for PSV this season and there is no doubt that he will be looking for a transfer in 2023. So I still think he is a player that people in the Premier League should take seriously for a transfer.
“I still think Manchester United are more likely to sign him than Arsenal.”
Gakpo revealed earlier this month that he decided not to leave PSV in the summer after a proposed deal to join Ten Hag at Old Trafford fell through.
“I was about to leave, I spoke to Erik ten Hag at Manchester United a couple of times.” said gakpo.
“In the end the deal did not go through, which was a shame for me and for my development and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but also for PSV because transferring a player to Manchester United is a good thing. . for the club
“It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window and this week I had to decide whether to go to Leeds or Southampton. In the end I stayed, but it was a stressful time.”
Asked if it had been difficult to refocus after wanting to join United, Gakpo explained that playing for his boyhood club could never be seen as a “penalty”.
“I have always said that if I stay here, it is the club of my childhood. It is not a punishment,” Gakpo added.
“I like being here, I want to win trophies here and give my best for the club. But if he had the opportunity to go to the Premier League or something like that, obviously he would have to consider that option. It was hectic for me at the time, but I recovered pretty quickly.”