By Daniel Feliciano

5th Sep, 2022 | 4:39pm

Leeds United had bid accepted for Cody Gakpo and personal terms agreed - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds United had a bid accepted by PSV for Cody Gakpo and agreed personal terms with the player before a deal collapsed, says Fabrizio Romano.

The Whites thought they had the signing of the 23-year-old winger wrapped up on deadline day before the player decided against a move at the last minute, instead staying in Holland with PSV on the advice of his international manager Louis Van Gaal.

Now Romano has claimed via his CaughtOffside substack [5 September] that everything was agreed between Leeds, PSV Eindhoven and Gakpo before that call but says they’ll return in January to try again.

“So nothing happened with Man United, but in the last 24 hours of the transfer window, Leeds did something important,” he explained.

“Around lunchtime, Southampton submitted a proposal for Gakpo, but during negotiations between Southampton and PSV, Leeds made a really important bid, which was accepted by PSV.

“The player also agreed personal terms with Leeds, but Louis van Gaal called the player and told him that the best option was to stay at PSV before the World Cup, and then move in January or next summer.

“This Van Gaal call was really important for Gakpo, and that’s why the deal collapsed.

“Gakpo was one step away from Leeds, and I’m told they will try again in January. But it will be an open race because he’s a top talent and there is a lot of interest.”

Encouraging

There have been a lot of conflicting reports about what did or didn’t happen with Gakpo and Leeds, but this seems to be the most detailed run of events we have.

Leeds made their move late and while everyone was ready to go and get it done, the late call from the manager was enough to convince him to change his mind.

The World Cup is obviously a big thing for the player and if he has an impressive tournament there is no doubt that the agreed price will go up and there will be plenty of competition for his signature.

There is every chance that the club will try to agree a deal in advance in a similar way that they did with Brendan Aaronson and Salzburg this summer.

Now they must stay patient with the squad they currently have and if they can continue their good start to the season, they will remain at attractive proposition for the 23-year-old to walk into in January.

In other Leeds news, Cody Gakpo has revealed his reasons for rejecting Leeds