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Report: PSV could sack their technical director now after he was ready to sell Leeds target Cody Gakpo
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Report: PSV could sack their technical director now after he was ready to sell Leeds target Cody Gakpo

PSV Eindhoven could sack their technical director, John de Jong, after he was willing to sell Cody Gakpo to interested clubs like Leeds and Manchester United this summer, claims ED, as relayed by SportWitness and Soccer Nieuws.

De Jong has been at PSV for years. He was a player there for about five seasons, and after he retired, he took up two scouting roles at the club before being appointed as the technical director in 2018.

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PSV could sack their technical director after he was ready to sell Leeds target Cody Gakpo

PSV came agonisingly close to winning the Eredivisie last season. They finished just two points behind champions Ajax, who were led to the title by current Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag.

One of the biggest reasons why PSV were so good last season was Gakpo. The 23-year-old Dutchman was absolutely incredible for them, scoring 21 goals and providing 15 assists in all competitions.

Gakpo was a wanted man this summer. The likes of Arsenal, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Southampton were all keen to sign him, but it was Leeds who were heavily linked with him in the final few days of the transfer window.

Andrea Radrizzani even publicly claimed that he was trying to sign the Dutch international on transfer deadline day.

PSV technical director De Jong was reportedly willing to sell Gakpo before the window shut, but the club blocked that move. Now, the report claims that the Boren are ‘seriously considering’ sacking the 45-year-old.

The report on the Dutch outlet reads: “De Jong is accused, among other things, that he lay down for the sale of Cody Gakpo at the end of the last transfer period. In addition, the sporting progress at PSV is stagnating and that can also be attributed to the technical director.”

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Leeds should’ve gone all out for Gakpo

Gakpo is a truly fantastic player.

The 23-year-old was absolutely amazing for PSV last season, and he has started this campaign in tremendous fashion as well.

In just 12 appearances since the start of the season, Gakpo has scored nine goals and provided six assists in all competitions. His stock continues to go up, and Leeds really should’ve broken the bank in the summer to sign him.

Gakpo, branded as a ‘perfect’ player for the Premier League, will almost certainly be on the move in one of the next two transfer window, and if he continues his form, a club much bigger than Leeds will likely snap him up.

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