MANCHESTER UNITED will have to pay “big money” for Cody Gakpo as PSV claim only around “ten clubs can afford” the superstar.
Erik Ten Hag wants to bring in a replacement for sacked striker Cristiano Ronaldo when the January transfer window opens.
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PSV Eindhoven’s £60m-rated winger Cody Gakpo, 23, is one of his top transfer targets.
And his three goals at the World Cup for Holland have proven that he can do it on the big stage.
Ten Hag has been promised massive funds to rebuild United – despite plans by the Glazers to sell the Red Devils.
And now it seems that it will take a large chunk of that to get Gakpo to Old Trafford after PSV’s latest remarks.
Their director of football Marcel Brands has now claimed that only around “ten clubs can afford” to sign their prized-possession.
And he also insisted that it will take “big money” for them to sell.
Brands said: ““Only 10/12 clubs can pay afford Cody Gakpo in January.
“Let’s see if it will happen — it has to be PSV record sale and also the right bid for Cody’s plans.”
When pressed on what offers have been made already, Brands added: “We have still no official bids.
“Let’s see if some club will pay big money in January.”
The Holland star revealed the Red Devils are yet to make any contact over a possible move after SunSport revealed United are readying a bid.
United snubbed a summer deal for the ace after opting to buy Ajax star Anthony for £85.5million instead.
Speaking about the failed summer move Gakpo said: “That was a tough period.
“I learned from that. I’m going to do it differently. What comes, that comes.
“I thought about Manchester United, but when that didn’t happen, I couldn’t remember. And I started to doubt. Leeds United did come. Should I go there?
“Now I wait for everything. I haven’t heard from Manchester United yet. When they come, I’ll think about it. I also seek the help of God in these decisions.”
Ahead of travelling to Qatar, Gakpo had bagged nine goals and 12 assists in just 14 Eredivisie games.