Arsenal have already held talks with PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo over a summer transfer, according to a report.

PSV Eindhoven's Dutch Cody Gakpo (R) celebrates at the end of the Europa Conference League football match between PSV and FC Copenhagen at The Phillips Stadium in Eindhoven on March 10, 2022. - Netherlands OUT (Photo by OLAF KRAAK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch Cody Gakpo (R) celebrates at the end of the Europa Conference League football match between PSV and FC Copenhagen at The Phillips Stadium in Eindhoven on March 10, 2022. – Netherlands OUT (Photo by OLAF KRAAK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The Daily Mail report that Arsenal have held talks with Cody Gakpo over a summer transfer, who is expected to cost between £30m and £40m this summer.

The Gunners are yet to firm up their interest, as their move will be impacted by which European competition they qualify for and Mikel Arteta’s final decision on how best to strengthen his attack. But Gakpo is certainly on the shortlist.

Valentijn Driessen of De Telegraaf reported earlier in the week that Arsenal were indeed interested in Gakpo, after the winger’s latest goal in a cup-final win over Ajax.

Rik Elfrink previously wrote for Dutch outlet ED that Arsenal have a concrete interest in the 22-year-old 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.

Cody Gakpo celebrates the fourth goal during the World Cup qualifier football match between the Netherlands and Montenegro on September 4, 2021, in Eindhoven. - Netherlands OUT (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP)
Cody Gakpo celebrates the fourth goal during the World Cup qualifier football match between the Netherlands and Montenegro on September 4, 2021, in Eindhoven. – Netherlands OUT (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP)

This all 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.

Gakpo is having an outstanding season with PSV. He has 18 goals and 15 assists in 42 appearances in all competitions.

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