By Sam Stone

1st Mar, 2023 | 8:10pm

Andrea Radrizzani shares Louis van Gaal Leeds United influence on deadline day transfer

Andrea Radrizzani has revealed Louis van Gaal scuppered Cody Gakpo’s move to Leeds United after the deal was all but done.

Victor Orta had jetted out to Holland to conclude a deal on deadline day back in August, only for then PSV Eindhoven winger to reject the Elland Road move.

Radrizzani has since claimed the former Manchester United boss told Gakpo to stay put until after the World Cup.

“We were so close to signing Cody Gakpo. It was done on August deadline day, done with PSV too. Then it collapsed because of Van Gaal,” he told DAZN (quoted by the Yorkshire Post, 1 March).

“Van Gaal called Gakpo and told him to wait for because of the World Cup – then he joined Liverpool.”

Turn of events

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It’s amazing the impact one decision or phone call can have. Had van Gaal decided to leave Gakpo in peace, there’s a good chance he would be plying his trade at Elland Road instead of Liverpool. It was an ambitious move from Orta and one he was so close to getting over the line.

Attention will now turn to the summer window. Preparations will be ongoing for every eventual scenario at Elland Road, with Championship football still a genuine possibility. Javi Gracia’s goal is very clear and now there are very few distractions in his way. The FA Cup loss to Fulham means Leeds now have one objective.

The Spaniard will be looking to make it two Premier League wins on the spin when his side travel back to West London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (4 March).

Graham Potter’s side are coming off of a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and have scored just five goals in 2023 to date. He’s a man under pressure and the longer the score stays 0-0 the more chance Leeds stand of picking up a positive result.

In other Leeds United news, the club may now face a losing battle to keep their star player at Elland Road beyond the summer transfer window.

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