Report: Manchester United now give Erik Ten Hag green light to sign ‘complete’ attacker who Arsenal want to replace Gabriel Jesus
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Report: Manchester United now give Erik Ten Hag green light to sign ‘complete’ attacker who Arsenal want to replace Gabriel Jesus

90 Min reports that Manchester United‘s board have now given Erik ten Hag the green light to sign PSV star Cody Gakpo – after claims Arsenal want him to replace Gabriel Jesus

The Gunners were handed a big blow during the World Cup as Jesus picked up a knee injury in what was his first start at the tournament. 

The Brazilian looks set to be sidelined for around three months and it could force Mikel Arteta to dip into the market for another striker in January. 

Eddie Nketiah has proven that he can score goals in the current Arsenal side, but there will undoubtedly be a drop-off in quality while Jesus is out. Arteta’s side have been linked to a host of strikers since the injury set-back, including PSV talisman Gakpo. 

The Mirror reported on Monday that Arsenal are serious about signing the 23-year-old in January as they look for a Jesus replacement. But it seems that United have already started working on a deal to bring him to Old Trafford. 

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Ten Hag given green light to sign Gakpo

90 Min reports that the Red Devils have already begun putting in the work to tie up a deal for Gakpo next month. 

United’s board have given Ten Hag the green light to move for the Dutch star after he requested the signing. 

The outlet notes that United are currently in pole position to land the ‘complete’ attacker but Newcastle and Arsenal have held an interest in Gakpo for months. 

Of course, United are currently in the market for a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club last month. And it seems that they are working quickly behind the scenes to snap up a deal for Gakpo ahead of the competition.

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The Dutch star has posted staggering numbers for PSV so far this season, netting 13 times and providing 17 assists in just 23 appearances for the Dutch outfit.

He also impressed during the Netherlands’ run to the quarter-final at the World Cup, bagging three goals in five games in Qatar. 

Gakpo would undoubtedly be a brilliant addition to Arsenal’s squad but they probably weren’t planning to target a striker in January. 

The Gunners seem to be prioritising a move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk at the moment, with David Ornstein confirming that he is Arteta’s top target. 

Arteta may feel that by bringing in one of his long-term wide targets in Mudryk, he could move either Gabriel Martinelli or Bukayo Saka up-front while Jesus is sidelined.

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