Report: Liverpool scouting 'complete' £80m World Cup ace Arsenal want; Firmino could be key in deal
Liverpool are among a cluster of teams scouting PSV and Holland forward, Cody Gakpo, but Roberto Firmino could be key in any potential transfer.
The Reds have been credited with holding an interest in Gakpo. The striker has already scored three times in the World Cup. His form has shown the world just why so many clubs want him. Indeed, both Manchester United and Arsenal are known to be monitoring the Netherlands ace.
However, while Liverpool are among the clubs keen, Goal reports that a move for Gakpo – in January at least – is unlikely. It’s claimed that the Reds are actively monitoring the forward but at the moment, a lot depends on what the future holds for Roberto Firmino.
As it stands, then, it means Liverpool would be more likely to go for Gakpo in the summer. Of course, that’s if Gakpo is even at PSV going into the summer months.
With his World Cup being so impressive, a January scramble is expected to ensue. Who signs Gakpo could come down to who puts up the money. Rio Ferdinand claimed recently that the Dutchman could fetch as much as £80m.
TBR’s View: Gakpo improves Liverpool but money could be an issue
There’s no doubt that Cody Gakpo brings quality to Liverpool and improves the squad. He’s looked the real deal over in Qatar and the form he’s shown with PSV has transferred onto the world stage.
The big problem for Liverpool really comes down to money. FSG are looking for a way out and in that sense, it’s hard to see them sanctioning a mega-money move for Gakpo in January or even into the summer.
Of course, Jurgen Klopp could always push for a deal. But after spending so much on Darwin Nunez in the summer, convincing the board of another big outlay is another matter.
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