Liverpool will sign Manchester United target Cody Gakpo in January, PSV Eindhoven have announced.
Gakpo, who scored three goals in five appearances at the World Cup for the Netherlands, nearly joined Man United in the summer and continued to be heavily linked with the Red Devils since but the Reds have moved fast to secure his services.
PSV said in a statement: “PSV and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo.
“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. Both clubs are not making any announcements about the transfer fee.
“The PSV management completed the negotiations on Boxing Day and gave Gakpo permission to travel to England.”
The deal, which PSV say is a record transfer for them, will set Liverpool back £37million with a potential extra £13m in add-ons, Fabrizio Romano reports.
It is thought Gakpo spoke to Virgil van Dijk when the official bid was submitted.
His move bolsters Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options with Luis Diaz ruled out until March, while Diogo Jota is also injured.
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Diaz will undergo knee surgery after suffered a setback in his rehabilitation to an injury that was sustained in October. Meanwhile, Jota remains out with a calf problem that sidelined him back in October.
“Liverpool have need a player like him for the last one or two years,” former Anfield midfielder Didi Hamann told talkSPORT.
“I don’t think they have enough of a goal threat from midfield. If you look at the players they have there for the last few years – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Thiago – all technically gifted but hardly score. Gakpo will take a bit of pressure off the forward line.”
Old Trafford had been viewed as the likely destination for Gakpo, who has 13 goals and 17 assists in all competitions for his club this season.
Premier League leaders Arsenal had also been linked with him with Gabriel Jesus set for a lengthy period out with a knee injury, which he had since had surgery on earlier in December.
PSV had hoping to keep hold of their player until the summer but appeared resigned to losing him in the upcoming window.
“If I have the choice, I prefer the summer, but it can also be now, you know there comes a time when you can’t say, ‘no’,” PSV boss Ruud van Nistelrooy said.
“It is wonderful how he has showcased himself. I enjoyed watching him [at the World Cup], he deserves this because of how he has behaved, how he has continued to work and perform.
“I was able to help him from very close by and that makes me proud. I’ll give him his path when it comes.”
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