By Daniel Feliciano

26th Jul, 2022 | 12:15pm

Leeds United told to pay £38m to sign Cody Gapko from PSV Eindhoven - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds will have to pay around £38m to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven this summer and face competition from Arsenal, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Whites have been in the market for an extra attacker this summer despite signing Luis Sinisterra and Brendan Aaronson, after losing Raphinha to Barcelona in a mega-money deal.

Gakpo was initially identified by Jesse Marsch as a potential replacement for the Brazilian, but Colombian Sinisterra was the preferred option.

However with Leeds still in the market for a striker, Gakpo could yet come back on the club’s radar and Romano told CaughtOffside that PSV want between £34-38m to do business.

“At the moment, despite some speculation involving Arsenal, the situation is quiet around Cody Gakpo,” he said.

“He has always been on the list for Leeds United, but not in the first position, just after Luis Sinisterra, who was a priority of the club.

“PSV Eindhoven are hoping to keep him and his price tag has always been around €40-45m. He may be a name to monitor in the coming weeks as a big opportunity for many clubs, but PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy hopes to keep him at the club.”

Talent

Gakpo is a sensational talent and it’s no surprise that PSV want to keep him, but it’s also no shock that Leeds have been looking at bringing him in either.

The 23-year-old scored 21 goals and registered 15 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions during the 2021/22 season, including 12 goals and 13 assists in the Eredivisie as they finished second behind Ajax.

With Ruud van Nistelrooy taking over as manager, he is desperate to keep hold of their top man but Leeds could use that attacking output to boost their own squad.

Primarily he plays on the left wing, but he is also capable of playing across the attack including as a number nine and that should appeal hugely to Marsch and the Elland Road board.

£38m is a huge outlay however, but the money is there as can be seen with the Charles De Ketelaere pursuit. If that doesn’t come off, which seems likely currently, then they should be looking at Gakpo instead for sure.

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