Soccer News: Gakpo on Manchester United interest: ‘I’ll think about it when they come’

    Netherlands and PSV striker Cody Gakpo would ‘consider’ a move to Manchester United if the Premier League team calls again.

    Gakpo has been one of the stars of the 2022 FIFA World Cup so far and is reportedly a transfer target for United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in January.

    The 23-year-old became only the second player in the tournament’s history, after Italy’s Alessandro Altobelli in 1986, to open the scoring three times in the same group stage.

    He didn’t score in a 3-1 win against the United States in his last 16 games, but the fit forward still boasts 17 goals and 8 assists in 30 games this season.

    United are believed to be favorites to sign Gakpo as he already reached out in the last window and he will consider any new interest in the coming weeks.

    Asked about missing out on promotion to the Premier League earlier this year, which coincided with PSV’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, Gakpo said: “It was tough.

    “I learned a lot from this. Next time I’ll do it differently. I had thought about Manchester United before, but when that didn’t happen, I didn’t know anything else and started to have doubts.

    “Then Leeds United came along and I wondered if I should go there. Now I will wait for everything. I haven’t heard anything from Manchester United yet, but when they come, I’ll think about it.”

    Gakpo’s goals and all-round attacking play helped the Netherlands reach the quarter-finals in Qatar, where Argentina are in for a mouth-watering draw on Friday.

    The Orange have only lost one of their nine meetings against Argentina, although the last of four draws ended in a penalty shoot-out loss in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

    Argentina found their niche by defeating Mexico, Poland and Australia after suffering a shocking first defeat to Lionel Messi starring Saudi Arabia.

    “We should not think only about him,” Gakpo added in an interview with the Dutch publication NRC. “We need to win, no matter who we face.

    “Argentina is here for the same reason as we are. We understand that we have to play better than them, and we can do it.

    “But in such a tournament, only the result is important. We have to find the right moments on the pitch to play to each other’s strengths.”

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