PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo has ruled out a January move away from the Eredivisie following the World Cup, but admitted that he is likely to move on in the summer amid interest from the Premier League.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United were linked with a move for the forward over the summer, in a deal worth around £40m, but nothing materialised as both sides looked elsewhere. Mikel Arteta’s side opted to sign Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira, while the Red Devils were eventually successful in their chase for Antony.
But Gakpo’s versatility, with the Dutchman able to play across the frontline, means that interest remains strong from both clubs, while his fantastic start to the season will only have served to raise his profile, and price tag, further.
The 23-year-old has recorded an astonishing nine goals and 12 assists in just 13 Eredivisie appearances, while he also managed three goals and two asissts in five Europa League outings to date, helping PSV out of their group alongside Arsenal.
But, speaking after his call-up to the Netherlands squad for the upcoming World Cup, Gakpo explained that he had no intentions of leaving PSV midseason, though he will be keen to move on in the summer.
“I think at the end of this season I will be ready to take that step”, he told Dutch media. “I feel like I was already that way at the beginning of this season, but after this season I’m even more ready to take the next one.”
Should he continue his fine form, he will command a hefty price next summer, having signed a new contract with PSV just last summer to keep him at the club until 2026.