By Sam Stone

17th Sep, 2022 | 2:40pm

Significant part of Leeds United £37.3m move for Cody Gakpo was bonuses

Leeds United saw a £37.3million bid for Cody Gakpo rejected due to the payment being made up of significant bonuses, according to Rik Elfrink.

The Eindhovens Dagblad journalist revealed (via Twitter, 16 September) that the bonus-based payment was “not feasible” for PSV Eindhoven’s board.

It’s also understood that Gakpo didn’t want to leave the Eredivisie club after Victor Orta had flown in to land the 23-year-old sensation.

Move on, for now

Most Leeds United fans will be disappointed if the club don’t reignite their interest in the Dutch international in January when they could stand a good chance of landing him.

We have seen the impact playing in the Champions League can have on a player’s value with some good examples already emerging in this year’s competition.

Mohammed Kudus and Mykhaylo Mudryk were both linked with Everton before the transfer window slammed shut. However, both players will now be out of the Toffees’ reach after their electric performances on Europe’s biggest stage.

Luckily for Leeds, Gakpo isn’t playing Champions League football after Rangers knocked the Dutch side out of the competition in the final qualifying round. Therefore, Gakpo may not get as much attention, and in turn, his value could remain the same.

The Whites will undoubtedly face stern competition for his signature should they make a move in January. If Jesse Marsch’s side can remain competitive in the Premier League and show that they are heading in the right direction then Gakpo could be tempted to make the Elland Road switch.

In other Leeds United news, one of the club’s successful new signings would not have made it at his previous club according to their sporting director.