Sport: Cody Gakpo to Arsenal transfer: Man Utd major advantage, Arsenal blow, Thierry Henry influence

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PSV Eindhoven starlet Cody Gakpo is attracting interest from top Premier League clubs, with Arsenal and Manchester United both linked with making a move for the talented winger this summer.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 06: Cody Gakpo of PSV Eindhoven Looks on during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and FC Emmen at Philips Stadion on August 6, 2022 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) © (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 06: Cody Gakpo of PSV Eindhoven Looks on during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and FC Emmen at Philips Stadion on August 6, 2022 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Perry vd Leuvert/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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Now Gakpo has made his way back into the spotlight for a possible switch, so with that said, football.london takes a look at the latest on the transfer saga surrounding the forward.

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Gakpo fresh verdict

Speaking to ESPN after PSV's first leg 1-1 draw against Monaco, Gakpo said: "We must first focus on [the second leg against Monaco] and try to make it to the Champions League, then it is more likely that I will stay. I don't think I have said anywhere that I am leaving, so there is definitely a chance that I will stay."

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Now that PSV have advanced into the final play-off round, the chances Gakpo leaves the Dutch outfit this summer are getting increasingly unlikely.

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Man Utd advantage

Transfer Guru Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on Arsenal and Manchester United's pursuit of Gakpo in his latest CaughtOffside column on Substack.

“Cody Gakpo is a player on the Manchester United list, but PSV Eindhoven have not yet received an official offer. They’re expecting that step to understand if Man United will want to get serious for Gakpo,” Romano explained.

Romano went on to reveal that United hold a potential advantage over the Gunners in the race to sign the 23-year-old, with the Dutch starlet having the same agent as Erik ten Hag.

“Certainly the player is attracted to the Premier League and has the same agency as Erik ten Hag," Romano added. "The United manager knows him from his time in the Eredivisie and has been an admirer of the player for a long time."

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Man Utd enter race

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag wants to add Dutch footballer of the Year, Cody Gakpo, to his squad for the 2022/23 season, as per The Mirror.

Gakpo has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but now Arsenal could face competition for the talented winger's signature.

Price tag

PSV have set a transfer price of €40million-€45million (£34million-£38million) for Gakpo to leave the club this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Eredivisie side are said to be keen to keep hold of the 23-year-old, with four years remaining on his deal at the club.

Liverpool and Arsenal admission

Speaking to the Sun back in April, Gakpo was honest in his admiration for English football, making clear claims about Arsenal and Liverpool. He said: "The Premier League is a big league. Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them.

"We are not the same kind of league but I think we try to look at the Prem and learn about it. Everybody wants to play one time in the Prem. I don’t favour one team but I like Arsenal a lot.

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"I looked up to Henry when I was younger because he was a tall guy who played on the wing."

Premier League ambition

football.london understands that Gakpo is keen to one day play in the Premier League, however his current priority is making the Netherlands' squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Gakpo has previously discussed his admiration for Gunners' hero Thierry Henry as well as his interest in Arsenal and Liverpool.

Arsenal interest

Arsenal are one of several Premier League clubs interested in PSV winger Cody Gakpo, football.london understands. The 23-year-old can play anywhere across the front three, playing a hand with 25 goal involvements in 27 league appearances and earning a first Netherlands call-up last year.

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