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Report: 23-year-old to be offered 'special' contract by current club, after claims Liverpool are trying to sign him

Reported Liverpool target Cody Gakpo is set to be offered a special contract in order to stop him leaving PSV Eindhoven this summer.

That’s according to Eindhovens Dagblad as transcribed by Voetabl Primeur. They claim that PSV are willing to construct a ‘special’ financial deal which would see Gakpo collect a portion of his eventual transfer fee.

This would be dependent on the 23-year-old staying at his current club for another season. The forward is reportedly of interest to Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.

It’s claimed that PSV would be looking for £34m for Gakpo. Of that, the player himself would earn a ‘bonus’ from should he stay a little longer.

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Talent worth making an exception for

This would be a remarkable length for PSV to go to to keep Gakpo only for a short while more. It looks inevitable that he will leave at some point, so they are essentially just shooting themselves in the foot.

That being said, Gakpo does look like the kind of talent that it’s worth making exceptions for. After 12 goals and 13 assists in the Eredivisie this season, he was awarded the Footballer of The Year award last week.


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If PSV could hold onto him next year, the hope would surely be that he can help them push on in Europe.

But the player seems to be in a rush to get to the top. Reports from April suggest that Gakpo has already ‘held talks’ with Liverpool, along with a host of other top clubs.

The transfer fee being mentioned doesn’t sound out of reach for any of the clubs being mentioned. Unless Gakpo agrees to something unprecedented, he’ll surely be on his way to one of Europe’s top five leagues this summer.

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