PSV have an agreement to sell Cody Gakpo, says Marcel Brands. Liverpool must keep tabs on the player as a result.
Nothing came of it, of course, as Gakpo remains with PSV. That wasn’t for a lack of interest, either – plenty of clubs looked at the player. At least one made an offer in Leeds United, only for them to find it wasn’t enough.
Gakpo is for sale, though. PSV director Marcel Brands admits that as he says there’s an agreement with the player to accept any offer at a specific price. He doesn’t let on what that price is but Leeds’ offer was of around £37m.
“I can say with my hand on my heart that there has been no offer for Cody to which the management or the supervisory board have said: we must do this,” says Brands, per VI. “There has never been a mood, I read that everywhere.
“We did state that if there were certain offers, we would have to sell. Not only from a financial point of view, but also because agreements were made with the Gakpo camp before my time.'”
“It was thirty million [Euros] plus thirteen, of which two million were realistic,” he says of the Leeds offer. “For example, we would get six million if they made it to the Champions League. Bonuses are only good for me if they are realistic. This was the very best offer and we all said no to that.”
For someone, this is a chance to grab a very exciting young forward.
Agreement to sell Cody Gakpo
Liverpool appear to like what they see in Gakpo if they truly contacted PSV to start the transfer window. And why wouldn’t they? The winger won Eredivisie Player of the Year last season after an extraordinary campaign.
Gakpo is playing superbly this time around, too. He’s got eight goals and six assists in seven Eredivisie starts – the kind of record that gets you a transfer pretty quickly.
But could Liverpool actually use a left winger? The quick answer to that is ‘no’ but there’s an argument that they could move players around to fit Gakpo. Roberto Firmino likely leaves next year with the end of his contract, opening up a forward spot.
It likely means that Diogo Jota plays centrally almost full-time, but also splits time on the right and left. Luis Diaz would then play the three positions, too, given there’s no natural cover for Mohamed Salah.
Thus Gakpo, who can play centrally at a push, may find opportunities as a left-winger. Anyone providing 14 goals in 7 games is worth giving those opportunities to.
And the price may not be too bad. Brands’ main concern with the Leeds offer is how is was structured, rather than the overall price. Perhaps £37m gets you Gakpo – and that could be a steal for Liverpool if they’re willing to shuffle the pack.