Former Philips Sport Vereniging (PSV) Club striker Cody Gakpo will be playing for Liverpool in its return to the English Premier League, according to the football club last Monday, December 26.
On its official Twitter page, PSV wrote, “PSV and @LFC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently, where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.”
PSV and @LFC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo.
The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.
— PSV (@PSV) December 26, 2022
Gakpo, 23, was rumored to be heading to Machester United, especially with the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now part of Saudi’s Al-Nassr. In October, the young football star admitted to being in talks with United’s head coach Erik ten Hag. Many assumed he would be with the Argentinian team once the FIFA World Cup ended.
Unfortunately, he stunned the fans when Liverpool acquired his signature. Once the deal becomes official, Gakpo will receive at least £50 million or $53,229,750 per year.
But while he will be Liverpool’s newest striker, he might not be the best fit for United. Ten Hag was looking for someone similar to Ronaldo’s scoring abilities—a natural striker.
Gakpo, who had an impressive World Cup run by scoring three goals, only managed to do so in the left wing. Thus, many analysts believe that United has dodged a bullet by missing the opportunity to sign the Dutch player.
While they missed the opportunity to sign Gakpo for their return to the Premier League, they do not need a player who can only convert on the left wing. They proved in their latest match last December 28 as United destroyed the number four Nottingham Forest 3-0.
Moreover, they sit comfortably in the fifth at nine points, while Liverpool followed with seven.
In addition, despite the injuries he suffered, Anthony Martial is doing well this season of the tournament. The French forward made three goals and two assists in his six matches for the league.
Martial started as soon as Ronaldo made his way to Saudi.
Also, there are other options that ten Hag may choose. There is Atletico Madrid ace Joao Felix and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
United will face Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Liverpool will battle Leicester City on December 31.
According to OKBET, both teams are expected to win against their opponents.