PSV forward Cody Gakpo agreed on personal terms with Man United in this summer transfer window and was also very close to joining Leeds United. The Red Devils were close to a deal for the Netherlands international but were only set to pull the trigger if they failed to bring in their top target Antony.
In the end, Man United managed to sign Antony from Ajax, meaning there was no deal for Cody, though it looks Leeds United also made a late attempt to bring the forward to the PL. The move couldn’t quite be done, however, with Leeds United now expected to try again for Gakpo in winter.
Leeds United supporters will no doubt be gutted that they couldn’t quite get this over the line, but it looks like there is cause to believe that the deal is not totally dead yet, which could make for an exciting January.
“Cody Gakpo had an agreement on personal terms with Manchester United. He had this dream of Man United, but for the club, he was only a backup option in case they couldn’t sign Antony,” Fabrizio Romano said.
As for the Red Devils, they would also surely do well to keep their eyes on how the 23-year-old continues to progress in the months ahead, as they may still find they could benefit from more signings in the front-line, depending on what happens with Ronaldo, and if the likes of Rashford and Sancho can maintain their recent improvement.