Liverpool are reportedly ‘close to reaching an agreement’ with PSV Eindhoven to sign Netherlands attacker Cody Gakpo by the start of next month.
Well, f*ck. This one has come out of nowhere.
An hour or so after Liverpool beat Unai Emery’s Aston Villa 3-1 on Boxing Day, it has been revealed that they are on the verge of signing Gakpo in January.
The winger was targeted by Leeds United, Man Utd and Southampton in the summer and at that stage, he was valued at around £25m.
The deal did not get completed but he has put that disappointed behind him to shine for PSV and the Netherlands in recent months.
Gakpo has been in sensational scoring form for PSV domestically and in the Europa League. He was then one of the standout players at the World Cup as he netted three goals in five games for the Netherlands.
His recent showings have fuelled talk of him leaving PSV in January with a transfer to the Premier League likely.
Man Utd were keen on him in the summer but they ended up signing Antony instead from PSV.
It was recently claimed that United’s hierarchy have green-lit a move for Gakpo in January after Erik ten Hag personally requested that they sign him.
The Red Devils look set to be left disappointed though as Liverpool have seemingly been working away in the shadows to get this deal completed from under their noses.
The Athletic are reporting that Jurgen Klopp’s side are now ‘close to signing’ the forward.
The Premier League club are ‘in advanced negotiations’ with PSV and it is claimed that an ‘agreement is close’.
Liverpool are not messing around as they ‘hope to finalise the transfer quickly’ and it is said that the initial fee for Gakpo will be £37m.
The report adds that Liverpool are in ‘pole position’ to sign Gakpo ahead of Man Utd and Chelsea.
It is noted that Liverpool have a ‘strong relationship’ with Gakpo’s representatives so this will no doubt help them with the discussions.
Ex-Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson thinks Gakpo will be a “real hit” if he joined Liverpool.
“I think he would be a real hit in the Premier League, especially at a club like Liverpool,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“The Eredivisie is renowned for unearthing talented players and Gakpo could be the next. I think there is three or four players in that league that could move across to the Premier League and make an impact. Gakpo is certainly one of them.
“I’ve watched a fair bit of him this season and I think he’s good enough to play for a top-four club. He’s an exciting forward and he’s at the right age.”
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