Sources: Man United reach 'agreement in principle' with signing
Man United have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with PSV Eindhoven sensation Cody Gakpo, sources have told Football Insider.
The Premier League giants tried to prise the forward, 23, from the Dutch club in the summer and had a £25million bid rejected, as first revealed by this site.
United have remained in contact with Gakpo’s camp and are working on a deal ahead of next year.
It is believed the club have an ‘agreement in principle’ with the player as he looks to take the next step in his career.
But United will have to convince PSV to sell their prize asset in January if they are to reach a full agreement in the winter window, rather than have to wait until next summer to complete the transfer.
Manager Erik ten Hag is a big admirer of Gakpo, who is starring for Holland at the World Cup and scored in both their opening group matches against Senegal and Ecuador.
The versatile attacker has confirmed he spoke to the United boss on a number of occasions during the summer, as he pondered a Premier League transfer.
PSV rejected offers from multiple English clubs, with Leeds United, Everton and Southampton among the others in hot pursuit.
United believe they are now well placed to win the race for Gakpo next year even if his values rises on the back of an impressive World Cup campaign with Holland.
The forward has set his sights on a Champions League club rather than a mid-table Premier League side as his reputation continues to climb.
Gakpo is currently represented by Dutch agency SEG but it is understood he has set his sights on finding new representatives ahead of a transfer next year.
News of United’s bid was subsequently confirmed by PSV director of football Marcel Brands.
“Cody has had a difficult preparation with us because he has spoken with Manchester United,” he told ED. “They didn’t come until mid-August and didn’t go through.”
Gakpo has notched 13 goals and 17 assists in 24 games for PSV so far this season and continued that form in the World Cup.