According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United never engaged in talks with PSV Eindhoven about a transfer for Cody Gakpo, the current Liverpool target and Dutch Footballer of the Year
Since the summer, the Netherlands winger had been frequently associated with United
And Erik ten Hag, who saw Gakpo as a potential choice to strengthen the Red Devils’ assault, is known to have been a big fan of the prolific goal scorer
However, on Boxing Day, it was revealed that Liverpool and the Dutch powerhouses had reached a deal over a fee, shocking many United supporters who had assumed Gakpo would be moving to Old Trafford
However, Romano now asserts in his Daily Briefing that United never once discussed a transfer with PSV and has only ever contacted Gakpo’s agents.
For a very long time, Manchester United had the opportunity to sign Cody Gakpo, but they never made a bid or entered into negotiations with PSV. The conversations were always between agents and never between clubs.
Erik ten Hag had him on his radar, but Manchester United decided against making a January £40 million winger offer.
It is strange that United would not resort to a player as productive as Gakpo when they only yesterday had a goal differential of zero after defeating Nottingham Forest 3-0
Ten Hag, according to the dependable reporter, is primarily focused elsewhere on the pitch.
“Manchester United, I’m informed, prefer a striker to a winger. Erik ten Hag will help them make a decision. They have discussed Joao Felix with Jorge Mendes and other English teams, but that isn’t their only choice.
If United is serious about signing Joao Felix, they will need to make a decision quickly because Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the Portuguese star.
It’s unknown if the 23-year-old will score frequently enough to help the team’s goal-scoring problems, and the player’s past performance offers little evidence in favor of that claim
The manager’s long-term retention of the club’s current goal scorers appears to be his top aim, according to Romano, who added:
Marcus Rashford’s agent will meet with Manchester United soon to discuss a new, long-term contract, according to the club. Rashford is a vital component of Erik ten Hag’s concept, and he is “obsessed” with him.
It would not be an exaggeration to argue that United could and possibly should have defeated Forest by twice as many goals yesterday, despite the fact that a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford will boost supporter optimism.
The Red Devils’ chances of making the top four may significantly improve with a proficient finisher, but it appears that no one like that will be available in January.