PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo has opened the door to a possible move to Manchester United in the January transfer market.
The versatile Netherlands forward, who previously refused to get carried away about his future, has admitted he will consider a move to Old Trafford if the Red Devils return for his signature.
Gakpo was heavily linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams last summer, but United swooped to sign Brazil star Antony from Ajax instead at the behest of Erik ten Hag for £85 million.
The forward was also linked with deadline-day moves to Leeds United, Southampton and Arsenal, but nothing materialised, and the striker remained at the Eredivisie club.
He has since further enhanced his reputation with nine goals and 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances before the international break.
His blistering form could not have come at a better time for the Netherlands, with the 23-year-old further boosting his status in Qatar with three goals in four games.
He was instrumental in the Oranje’s push to the knockout stage. Although he was not on the scoresheet as Louis van Gaal’s side swatted aside the United States 3-1 in the round of 16, the young sensation was one of the best players on the pitch.
Gakpo’s performances has exponentially increased interest in his signature, and reports suggest United are still actively trying to sign him, especially following Cristiano Ronaldo’s abrupt departure from the club.
“That was a tough period,” Gakpo told Dutch newspaper NRC. “I learned from that. I’m going to do it differently. What comes, that comes.
“Suppose you want to go from RKC (Waalwijk) to PSV, but that club is not coming. Then you can panic.
“I thought about Manchester United, but when that didn’t happen, I couldn’t remember. And I started to doubt. Leeds United did come. Should I go there?
“Now I wait everything. I haven’t heard from Manchester United yet. When they come, I’ll think about it. I also seek the help of God in these decisions.”
With Ronaldo no longer at the club, United are short on attacking options and could return for Gakpo, although they would have to pay more with the youngster’s valuation now higher than it was last summer.
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