Netherlands star Cody Gakpo has revealed he will decide on his club future following the World Cup.
Gakpo, 23, has been one of the breakout stars at the tournament with three goals in four games, while he also impressed in the Netherlands’ 3-1 win over the USA on Saturday as Louis van Gaal‘s side reached the quarter-finals.
His form in Qatar comes following a devastating start to the season for PSV Eindhoven, which has seen Gakpo score 13 times and lay on 17 assists in just 24 games.
Netherlands star Cody Gakpo revealed he will decide on his club future after the World Cup
Gakpo has scored three times in four games to help his side reach the quarter-finals in Qatar
The forward has been linked with several clubs across Europe over recent months, including Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The Red Devils were keen on Gakpo in the summer, but couldn’t afford him after spending £85.5m on Ajax winger Antony, with their summer signings also including Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia – totalling £227m.
Los Blancos are now said to be rivalling United for Gakpo, according to The Telegraph , with the Dutch international valued at £47m – although that price is expected to rise following his impressive World Cup.
And talk is intensifying that Gakpo, who can play as a striker, No 10, or out wide, may well leave PSV during the January transfer window.
Following the Netherlands’ victory over the USA on Saturday, Gakpo revealed he would weigh up his future following the tournament.
‘After (I will decide my future). I’m not thinking about that now,’ he told reporters.
‘I’m just really focused on the tournament, trying to keep performing well and helping the team and hopefully when we become world champions then I can think about that [the future].
‘No (it’s not been hard to concentrate given the speculation), not really. I’m just trying to keep focused and the other players don’t really talk about those things which also helps me in this situation.
Gakpo has been in sublime form for PSV this season and has been linked to several top clubs
‘We came here with a goal which is to try to become world champion. We believe in that and we’re going to fight and improve every day.
‘We’re growing in the tournament, improving every game and this was another step higher.’
Louis van Gaal’s side face a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina in the quarter-finals on Friday and Gakpo will be keen to catch the eye again.
Erik ten Hag is reportedly a big fan of the Dutch star and is determined to bring in a striker following Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit from Old Trafford last month.
The Red Devils have also been linked with several other forwards, including Slovenian hotshot Benjamin Sesko – although he has already agreed to join RB Leipzig next summer.
Dutch team-mate and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes that Gakpo is ready for the step up from the Eredivisie – but poured cold water over the links to United, questioning whether they could fulfill his demands.
He said: ‘Are Manchester United and Real Madrid the same level at this moment? No disrespect, not at all.’
‘I think he definitely has a next step in him. I definitely feel like it could happen. Whether it happens in the winter or next year, time will tell. But he’s a great boy.
‘(He) works hard, is very talented and there’s definitely more in him. We are very pleased he’s doing so well and long may it continue.’
Gakpo’s Netherlands team-mate Denzel Dumfries has also impressed so far at the World Cup
Gakpo’s Netherlands team-mate Denzel Dumfries is another player to have impressed at the tournament.
In fact, the right-back laid on two goals and scored the other in their victory over the USA.
Dumfries has been linked with Chelsea, but again, like Gakpo, said he was just focused on the task ahead in Qatar and his current club side, Inter Milan.
‘Of course it’s a compliment (to be linked with Chelsea),’ Dumfires told reporters after Saturday’s win.
‘The only thing I’m focusing on now is the national team. I play for a very good club in Italy.
‘I’m very proud I can play for Inter so I’m not focusing on anything else but the national team and Inter.’