Arsenal are leading the race for Cody Gakpo this summer, who is expected to move for more than €40m this summer.
Respected PSV Eindhoven reporter Rik Elfrink writes for Dutch outlet ED that Arsenal have a concrete interest in PSV forward Cody Gakpo this summer, and they want to push hard for the signing.
As things stand, the various parties involved are still deliberating, and Gakpo could end up going elsewhere. But Arsenal’s interest appears to be genuine.
Voetbal International report that Arsenal are now in pole position for Gakpo, adding that the player should cost more than PSV’s current transfer record of €40m.
This follows recent comments from David Ornstein of The Athletic on the 22-year-old.
David Ornstein reported that though Gakpo’s new contract doesn’t contain a release clause, Gakpo has an understanding that PSV will cooperate with suitable summer offers.
Ornstein added that this has led admirers such as Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool to start holding serious conversations about a move for the player.
As things stand, none of them have made contact with PSV, but that’s expected to follow. PSV haven’t set an asking price, but again, there’s talk of offers over £35m.
Gakpo is having an outstanding season with PSV. He has 16 goals and 15 assists in 37 appearances in all competitions, and he’s only missing out on the Netherlands’ fixtures this month with a minor injury.
Primarily a winger, Gakpo can also play centrally, and there’s some suspicion that’s where Arsenal may want to use him.