Leeds United try to 'trick' Cody Gakpo into transfer from PSV with talks in the coming days
Leeds United “are trying to trick” PSV forward Cody Gakpo into a move to Elland Road this summer, according to Algemeen Dagblad.
The Dutch newspaper reported via their website on Tuesday (28 June) that Leeds will enter discussions to sign the 23-year-old Netherlands international “in the coming days” as they face the reality of losing star player Raphinha.
It is understood that Gakpo is a “top target” at Elland Road but PSV want a “mega amount” of money for the Dutchman, who was in sensational form for them in the 2021/22 season.
AD adds PSV could demand around £34.5million for Gakpo but Leeds will have to do everything they can to convince the Eindhoven-born forward to make the move to West Yorkshire as it doesn’t seem as though he’s that keen at this stage.
He will, however, be promised a spot in the starting line-up to ensure he keeps his spot in the Dutch squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
It’ll take a lot for Leeds to convince Gakpo to join from PSV, let’s be honest.
When we signed Raphinha from Rennes, we have to convince him to swap Champions League football for a shot in the Premier League.
Victor Orta managed it and look at how Raphinha’s performed since.
It could be harder now with Gakpo because we don’t have Marcelo Bielsa as our manager and we showed last season that we could very easily be relegated back to the Championship.
Gakpo is a cup-winning hero at PSV and he’ll be playing European football next season if he stays in his hometown of Eindhoven.
However, as we’ve seen with Raphinha, Leeds can be used as a stepping stone for these sorts of players who have eyes on a move to a big Premier League or European club in the future.
Gakpo did so well at PSV last term, scoring 21 goals and supplying 15 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions.
He scored the goal that won his side the Dutch Cup, he played in the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League and was superb in the Eredivisie and for the Netherlands national team.
He’ll be risking a lot by moving to Leeds.
But the higher the risk, the higher the reward.
In other Leeds United news, a Leeds player has been spotted undergoing a medical ahead of leaving Elland Road on a permanent deal.