Leeds United are still pursuing a move for Cody Gakpo…
That’s according to their chairman Andrea Radrizzani, who tweeted about the PSV Eindhoven winger as the Yorkshire outfit looked to be closing in on a move for Marseille frontman Bamba Dieng.
“Let s welcome Bamba Dieng and we will continue to work on Gapko. Now it’s time to focus on the pitch and support our new project and the great job Jesse and the staff are doing,” he tweeted in response to one Whites supporter.
The 22-year-old Senegalese forward would have cost Leeds around €10m (£8.6m), as per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who also revealed that Dan James would be joining Fulham on a season-long loan. However, a deal has now remarkably fallen through with the player joining Nice instead.
Meanwhile, PSV were reported to have rejected Leeds’ most recent bid for Gakpo this morning after director of football Victor Orta travelled to Eindhoven last night to try and complete a deal.
Romano, in another update, suggested that the Dutch international was set to remain at the Eredivisie side until January, at the very least, but Radrizzani’s latest comments could hint that the Yorkshire side aren’t done with the pursuit just yet.
Bringing in Gakpo, who was available for £34m, would be something of a huge coup for the Italian chairman, Orta and manager Jesse Marsch, particularly as the 23-year-old is capable of playing in multiple attacking positions.
Such versatility has seen him already likened to Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie, two of the best to ever do it in the Premier League.
“I always refer to Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie – he’s not at that level yet. But they came into the Premier League as left wingers and were turned into strikers under Arsene Wenger and did very well,” claimed Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan to Sky Sports News.
“He is slowly being transitioned into a striker because he has had some good coaching from [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy.”
Last season, Gakpo set pulses racing in Holland as he delivered a whopping 21 goals and 15 assists from 47 appearances in all competitions, and he looks to have continued that form into the new campaign, where he has already provided PSV with seven goals and six assists from nine outings, per Transfermarkt.
It’s evident that the 6 foot 2 talisman is a super talent, given the likes of Manchester United, Southampton and Arsenal have all been keen on signing him too, so if Radrizzani can seal a move for the attacker – who journalist Josh Bunting recently dubbed “electric” – then it would certainly be something of a mouthwatering end to the summer transfer window.
The likelihood is, however, that it’ll be a deal that is either completed in 2023 or one that has an advanced look ahead to January, perhaps a loan back until then.
That said, this tweet from the Leeds chairman should still leave the Elland Road faithful absolutely buzzing indeed.