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Cody Gakpo endured an unsettled start to the season after talks with Man United, claims PSV chief

Cody Gakpo endured an uncertain start to the season after having late transfer talks with Man United, claims PSV boss Marcel Brands, who insists the Dutch star ‘wouldn’t have left’ Eindhoven even if the Red Devils had matched their asking price.

  • The preparations for the season were ‘difficult’ for Cody Gakpo, says Marcel Brands
  • He claims the Dutch winger was unsettled by Manchester United’s transfer negotiations
  • Gakpo attracted interest from the Red Devils, Leeds and Arsenal this summer
  • Brands believes that Gakpo would have stayed at PSV, even if the offer price was respected
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Manchester United’s transfer negotiations with PSV this summer made preparations for the new season ‘difficult’ for Cody Gakpo, director of football Marcel Brands has claimed.

Reports emerged earlier this summer that Eindhoven’s board were keen to offload the £43m-rated Dutch star to suitors Arsenal, Leeds or Manchester United, amid the departure of PSV’s former technical director John de Jong.

But Brands has since insisted that Gakpo would have stayed at the Philips Stadium even if the ‘right amount’ had been offered, and urged that the 23-year-old did not want to leave.

Cody Gakpo's preparations for the new season were 'difficult', claims PSV boss Marcel Brands
Cody Gakpo's preparations for the new season were 'difficult', claims PSV boss Marcel Brands

Cody Gakpo’s preparations for the new season were ‘difficult’, claims PSV boss Marcel Brands

Brands claims Gakpo's talks with Manchester United affected him in pre-season
Brands claims Gakpo's talks with Manchester United affected him in pre-season

Brands claims Gakpo’s talks with Manchester United affected him in pre-season

As a result of the transfer negotiations, Brands believes that Gakpo suffered from a lack of preparation heading into the new season.

“Cody has had a difficult preparation with us because he has spoken to Manchester United,” he said OATH.

“They only came in mid-August and didn’t go through. I even think Cody would not have left at the end of the transfer window if the right amount had been offered.

Despite his 'lack of' preparation, the Dutch star has scored seven Eredivisie goals in six games
Despite his 'lack of' preparation, the Dutch star has scored seven Eredivisie goals in six games

Despite his ‘lack of’ preparation, the Dutch star has scored seven Eredivisie goals in six games

‘There has been no bid that has approached the lower end of what we agreed with Cody.’

Despite the alleged lack of preparation, Gakpo has enjoyed a fruitful start to the Eredivisie campaign, scoring seven goals in his first six games.

The striker got a brace in the opening weekend against FC Emmen and followed it up three weeks later with a hat-trick in PSV’s 7-1 win against FC Volendam.

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