Cody Gakpo has emerged as one of the breakout stars at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The Netherlands forward has scored three goals in three matches to help his team book a place in the Round of 16.
Prior to his exploits at the World Cup with the Dutch national team, Gakpo had been making huge waves with his performances for PSV Eindhoven. And, according to Fabrizio Romano, the 23-year-old’s meteoric rise has not gone unnoticed by Real Madrid.
The reputed transfer expert is claiming that Los Blancos have been following Gakpo for a long time now and have scouted him on multiple occasions.
However, as things stand, there are no official negotiations initiated by Real Madrid or any other club with Gakpo or his club, PSV.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a stunning season last time out and has been in tremendous form in the ongoing campaign as well. In just 24 matches, he has already been involved in 30 goals across all competitions (13 goals, 17 assists).
In 11 matches for the Netherlands, he has scored five goals, three of which have come in the World Cup.
Apart from Real Madrid, Gakpo is also on the radars of Liverpool and Manchester United. The former have scouted him on multiple occasions although they are yet to make any formal approach.
As for Manchester United, they were in talks with PSV to sign Gakpo in the summer but decided to move for Antony instead. However, they are still in contact with his agents, who also happen to represent Erik ten Hag. A move could be possible in January or in the summer, Romano states.
Gakpo predominantly plays on the left flank for his club – a spot Vinicius Jr occupies at Real Madrid. However, he has operated in a more central role for the Netherlands at this World Cup, highlighting his versatility, which would only convince Madrid further to make a swoop.
PSV had demanded a sum of €50 million for Gakpo last summer. But given his performances this season and at the World Cup, they could hold out for a larger sum.
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