The 23-year-old has been a star performer at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, having scored three goals and helping Louis van Gaal’s side into the quarter finals, where they will face Argentina on Friday. The PSV forward has got off to a flying start this campaign, notching 13 goals and 17 assists across all competitions, which has alerted clubs once again nine of those goals coming in the Eredivisie.
United were among the clubs linked with a move for Gakpo in the summer, along with Leeds and Southampton, but ultimately decided to sign Ajax winger Antony for £82m instead. Gakpo will have put United chiefs on red alert after dropping a major hint that he would be interested in a move to Old Trafford. ‘That was a tough period,’ Gakpo told Dutch newspaper outlet NRC. ‘I learned from that. I’m going to do it differently. What comes, that comes.
The Old Trafford club are set to hold talks over a possible swoop for the Dutch star in the coming days, and United are understood to have made him their No 1 target following the acrimonious departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘Suppose you want to go from RKC to PSV, but that club is not coming. Then you can panic. ‘I thought about Manchester United, but when that didn’t happen, I couldn’t remember. And I started to doubt. Leeds United did come. Should I go there?
‘Now I wait for everything. I haven’t heard from Manchester United yet. When they come, I’ll think about it. I also seek the help of God in these decisions.’ Gakpo also shares an agent with United boss Erik ten Hag, which could play into the Premier League side’s favour, although they will be expected to face competition for his signature once the January transfer window opens. Leeds and Southampton both made bids in the summer that were rejected by PSV, which has paid off for the Dutch side, who will now be able to demand a more substantial figure.