Arsenal could sign PSV star Cody Gakpo for just £25m this January if they are looking to pursue a deal for the flying Dutchman who helped them bring them down Thursday night in the Europa League in Eindhoven. . The Gunners have been credited with an interest in the 23-year-old, as he continues to feature huge numbers in the Eredivisie, where he is now widely considered one of the best players in the division.
Gakpo has been involved in 27 goals this season (13 scored, 14 assists) in all competitions, meaning he is one of the fittest players in all of Europe.
His electric acceleration and attacking threat were clear for all to see by midweek when PSV mercilessly punished Arsenal’s mediocre performance at Philips Station.
Arsenal were exploring signing another winger, who could provide more competition for Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, in the summer transfer window.
However, after a substantial market search, Mikel Arteta and Edu decided to shelve plans to sign another striker for a later date – prioritizing a central midfielder after seeing three bids rejected on deadline day by Aston Villa by Douglas Luiz.
Now, Netherlands’ De Telegraaf are reporting that PSV are experiencing financial difficulties off the field, meaning they could be forced to host Gakpo mid-season.
The Dutch press claims that PSV cannot even refuse any offer worth more than £25m – a bargain for a player of Gakpo’s quality.
He is expected to play at the World Cup in Qatar with the Netherlands, where his action is likely to explode in a welcome boost for PSV.
However, signs now suggest they may struggle to keep their attacking talisman until the end of the campaign.
If Arsenal, who are watching the player, want to enter the fray – they will have to see strong interest from the likes of Manchester United, Aston Villa, Leeds and Southampton to get Gakpo to sign.
Gakpo recently revealed in an interview with The Times that he had extensive talks with Erik ten Hag this summer about a move to Old Trafford before the transfer collapsed.
Leeds and Southampton also made a serious move for him, but now he is targeting a move to one of the Premier League’s Big Six – despite interest from further afield.
“It’s not just the Premier League clubs behind him,” PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy recently revealed.
“His statistics, his assists and goals he was involved in, of course, draw the attention of the best clubs in European football. The good of him, his age, he is only 23 years old, he is totally focused on his career, becoming a better player, captaining PSV, giving the club the best he can.
“He is focused on having a great World Cup, where he is also playing for the [Holland] national team under [Louis] van Gaal. For him, it’s a fantastic moment and he wants to keep it that way. When the time comes, he will make decisions.”
Gakpo fulfills several requirements for Arsenal, which has been focusing its efforts on signing players within a specific age group (under 24).
At 23, Gakpo is also extremely versatile and can play in any position on the front line, including the centre-forward. It’s the kind of quality that would be gold for Arsenal, who are now looking to add depth to their squad to maintain a serious challenge on all fronts.