Liverpool to Sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven
Liverpool has made a £ 37 million move for PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gakpo. Gakpo will sign a long-term deal later this week as the contract is fully agreed to. Liverpool will pay £37m plus add-ons, up to £50m potential package.
Talks were at an advanced stage on Monday night as Liverpool moved to head off competition from Manchester United. United had instigated talks but was still to finalize a financial offer and Liverpool has taken advantage.
Gakpo had offers from Leeds and Southampton last summer but chose to stay at PSV after the Dutch club rejected offers. The 23-year-old had chosen to wait for offers from clubs contending in the Champions League and despite the pull of United’s Erik Ten Hag, Liverpool fit the bill.
Liverpool has concerns over Luis Diaz’s injury following his knee surgery while Darwin Nunez is struggling to find his rhythm after his move from Benfica.
Leeds offered £25m plus add-ins for Gakpo in the summer but it was rejected with PSV believing the add-ins were unrealistic. They have been holding out for a deal of around £45milion for the Holland international.
United had been considered favorites but the ongoing talk over their sale has cast doubt over what funds are readily available this month. They have also been offered Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool and Holland defender Virgil van Dijk spoke glowingly about his Gakko during the 2022 World Cup.
‘Hopefully, Cody can go to the moon and back,’ said Van Dijk during the tournament in Qatar. ‘He is a very good player and a good boy too. ‘What we see in training is what you see on the pitch. There is still so much potential and I hope he can carry on showing it to us. We are very happy with him.