PSV winger Cody Gakpo agreed personal terms with Manchester United in this summer transfer window, and was also very close to joining Leeds United, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Writing in his CaughtOffside column, Romano explained precisely what went on with Gakpo this summer, as Man Utd were close to a deal for him, but were only ready to pull the trigger if they failed to bring in their top target Antony.
In the end, the Red Devils managed to sign Antony from Ajax, meaning there was no deal for Gakpo, though it seems Leeds also made a late attempt to bring the highly-rated young Netherlands international to the Premier League.
The move couldn’t quite be done, however, with Leeds now expected to try again for Gakpo in January, according to Romano.
Cody Gakpo had an agreement on personal terms with Manchester United. He had this dream of Man United, but for the club he was only a backup option in case they couldn’t sign Antony,” Romano explained.
“Still, Gakpo is a player who has always been on Man United’s list and they were prepared to bid for him in case the Antony deal didn’t happen.”
On Leeds’ pursuit of Gakpo, Romano added: “In the last 24 hours of the transfer window, Leeds did something important – around lunchtime, S
submitted a proposal for Gakpo, but during negotiations between Southampton and PSV, Leeds made a really important bid, which was accepted by PSV.
“The player also agreed personal terms with Leeds, but Louis van Gaal called the player and told him that the best option was to stay at PSV before the World Cup, and then move in January or next summer.