Cody Gakpo reveals that he spoke to Erik ten Hag ‘a few times’ about a move to Manchester United in the summer and was ‘close’ to joining before the deal collapsed… as the PSV winger claims he later left Leeds and Southampton rejected
- PSV star Cody Gakpo has spoken out about his failed move to Man United
- He says he has spoken with boss Erik ten Hag ‘a few times’ during negotiations
- Gakpo admits it was ‘a shame’ he didn’t sign, but staying is ‘not a punishment’
- The Dutchman revealed he rejected approaches from Leeds and Southampton
PSV winger Cody Gakpo has shown how close he was to Manchester United over the summer – he claimed he had talks with boss Erik ten Hag ‘a few times’ before the move collapsed.
Gakpo is one of Europe’s rising stars and United were first in line to secure his signature when some of the continent’s top clubs came calling for him.
Big things are expected of the 23-year-old, who has scored nine goals in ten appearances for the Dutch squad this season, but will have to wait for a big step after being denied a move to Old Trafford – and he has now revealed how he was inches away from donning the famous red shirt.
PSV star Cody Gakpo has revealed he spoke to Erik ten Hag (R) ‘a few times’ about a potential move to Man United – before the move collapsed
“I was about to leave, I spoke to Erik ten Hag a few times at Manchester United,” he said the times.
“In the end the deal fell through, which was a shame for me and my development, and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but also for PSV, because a player has to move to Manchester United” is a good thing for the club.’
Gakpo previously claimed United’s attempts to sign him were ‘rushed’ as they ultimately chose to sign Ajax winger Antony in an £85m deal – also claiming talks were just a week before the transfer deadline started.
After both sides pulled the plug, he claims he got two more approaches from Premier League clubs, before turning down both and staying in favor of his youth club PSV.
Gakpo has become one of Europe’s most promising young forwards in recent years
He said it was “no punishment” to stay in the Netherlands, but is considering moving to England in the future.
“It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window and in that week I had to decide whether to go to Leeds or Southampton. In the end I stayed, but it was a stressful period.’
“I’ve always said if I stay here, it’s my youth club. It’s not a punishment. I like being here, I want to win trophies here and do my best for the club.
“But if I had the chance to go to the Premier League or something, I would of course have to consider that option. At that time it was hectic for me, but I recovered quite quickly.’
He revealed that Leeds and Southampton – led by Jesse Marsch and Ralph Hasenhuttl – also approached him over the summer
In September, Gakpo – who won nine caps for the Netherlands and scored three goals – gave more details about talks with United, calling them “rushed”.
“Last week I thought I was going to Manchester,” he said.
“Then it was ‘choose another club’ and decide whether I wanted to go there. That’s not fun for PSV and not for me either, because it felt rushed.’
‘I sat in the office with my family and my management until the night. That’s where I made the decision. Then it all falls away a bit, you feel good again and you sleep a little better.’
He previously admitted United’s offer was ‘rushed’ and now says he is happy to stay at PSV
“Last week I looked at all options. In the end PSV came up with a good offer and that turned out to be the right choice for me.
Manchester United had come forward at the beginning of the transfer window. We were kind of waiting for that.
“The signals were getting more positive and at a certain point I thought it could go in that direction.
“That option faded a little and completely last week,” Gakpo continues. “We’ve worked all the way to it.”