Liverpool have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven for the transfer of Cody Gakpo. The Reds will reportedly pay an initial fee of about $44.4 million for the budding star, but the transfer could rise to $60 million based on certain conditions. PSV revealed the agreement on Twitter.
“PSV and LFC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo,” the club announced. “The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.”
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed that the player’s contract was being prepared to sign on Tuesday. Gakpo will supposedly stay on Merseyside until the summer of 2028.
Impressive World Cup accelerated talks
Gakpo starred for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar. The 23-year-old versatile attacker scored in all three of his team’s group stage matches at the tournament. It certainly seems as if Gakpo’s productive tournament helped Liverpool make the final decision to target the Dutchman.
The Reds also acted quickly to beat other rivals to sign the player. Previously, Manchester United heavily linked themselves with Gakpo. Manager Erik ten Hag had first-hand knowledge of the winger, as he was coaching in the Dutch league at Ajax prior to making the switch to United. Nevertheless, Liverpool acted swiftly to grab Gakpo out from under United’s nose.
Liverpool bring on Cody Gakpo as reinforcement
Liverpool needed to make a major move in the upcoming January transfer market. The Merseyside club are currently sixth in the Premier League table and needed a prolific player to fill in for the injured Luis Diaz. Currently, Diaz is out for a couple of months with a knee injury. Both players typically operate on the left flank. However, Gakpo can also work up front in the center forward position.
Gakpo racked up an impressive nine goals and 12 assists in just 14 Eredivisie matches so far this season. In fact, he has produced in practically every competition that he has played in this season. Gakpo also has three goals and two assists in five Europa League matches as well. Liverpool fans will hope that he can keep momentum going for the Reds moving forward.
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