By Liam Thomas

7th Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United told they must pay £43.7m to sign Cody Gakpo - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds have been told they must pay £43.7m if they want to prize away Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The transfer guru has claimed that the Whites made an approach for Gakpo this summer, however, their £35.9 million bid was turned down.

Romano confessed that PSV have “always asked” for a £43.7m (€50m) package for the talented Dutch forward as we approach the January transfer window.

“PSV director Brands told ESPN that they want to keep Cody Gakpo in January – as they turned down Leeds proposal in August around €30m plus €11m add-ons,” said Romano via his Twitter.

“PSV always asked for €50m package for Gakpo.”

Tough.

With Gakpo’s current frightening form he’s being linked with just about every top club in Europe. It will be tough for Leeds to pull off signing the 23-year-old, but crazier things have happened in the transfer window.

He’s exactly the kind of talent you want your club to be linked with and he would be an absolute game-changer at Elland Road.

His youthful exuberance would tie in well with Leeds United’s other current forward options Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto, but at a much higher level.

It’s frustrating to think that Leeds came close to signing the hot shot in the summer, if Victor Orta and co had been a bit more persistent the club could have a world-beater in their squad right now.

13 goals and 17 assists in 23 appearances this season for Gakpo highlight what he’s all about and his creative versatility would have been huge at Leeds United.

Hopefully, Leeds pull the trigger on this one again, but with the option of clubs Gakpo can join, it will be a tough ask.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to jet out to Spain with a major decision being made behind the scenes at Elland Road.