Report: Manchester United turn to 'complete' Arsenal target as potential Ronaldo replacement
Arsenal have been linked with PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo for a number of months now.
According to The Athletic, the Gunners are among the clubs still chasing a deal for the 23-year-old.
Arsenal are up against the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid in pursuit of Gakpo, added the report.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Old Trafford departure could now make things more difficult for the Gunners.
On Tuesday, the Red Devils confirmed that the Portugal international is to leave the club with immediate effect.
The decision follows a controversial interview in which Ronaldo criticised United and said he had “no respect” for manager Erik ten Hag.
Both parties stated that Ronaldo’s exit was “mutually agreed”.
‘Remains one to watch for 2023’
With the 37-year-old leaving Old Trafford, this could see Ten Hag look for a replacement in the January window.
And he could potentially swoop in on a player Arsenal reportedly want to bring to the Emirates Stadium.
90Min reported earlier this week that Gakpo is considered a strong ‘plug-and-play’ option by the Red Devils boss.
Fabrizio Romano has also commented on the reported Arsenal target’s place on the United wishlist.
‘Cody Gakpo was considered by Manchester United in the summer,’ he wrote on CaughtOffside today.
‘And he remains one to watch for 2023 on the transfer market.
‘After his goal for the Netherlands in their World Cup win over Senegal, he has now scored or assisted 33 goals in all competitions this season.
‘PSV Eindhoven want a package worth around €50m (£43m) for Gakpo, as they did last summer.’
Arsenal tried to bring in a new winger in the summer, before focusing on a new midfielder.
Ultimately, they failed to sign anyone on deadline day, but with the January window looming, they can try again.
However, United may present more of a challenge than before in pursuit of Gakpo.
‘That boy has everything’
Former PSV youth coach Twan Scheepers believes that Gakpo is the complete player.
Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “Everyone has difficulties in puberty. He grew up in a short time, and so his agility, as it used to be, it was gone.
“He had to renew his running and everything.
“Now, you see he’s a really tall guy with so much technique – the complete player on the left, I think, but a complete player who can still get better.”
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