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Progress expected in the future of Netherlands star Cody Gakpo as top European sides to open discussions with representation

The PSV Eindhoven star scored his second goal in as many games at the World Cup against Ecuador as his stock on the continent continues to rise in 2022-23

Netherlands star Cody Gakpo remains one of the most talked about young players at the 2022 World Cup and Qatar after goalscoring performances for his country on the back of media expectations surrounding the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward.

A goal against both Qatar and Ecuador (which is still level at 1-1 at the time of writing) has seen the Eindhoven native jump up the goal chart in Qatar while already proving his quality in front of goal that has seen him hit 72 goals in 163 appearances as a left-winger for the Eredivisie giants, and it is that goalscoring prowess that has some of Europe’s leading sides queueing up for his services.

According to Dutch journalist Marco Timmer, Gakpo is entirely focused on his performances for Oranje under legendary figure Louis van Gaal, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich are all in the hunt for the highly-rated forward.

A pricetag north of €50m seems to be the figure that PSV will be hoping to put into the bank when they inevitably will be made to part ways with their talismanic international, but clubs that are in for Gakpo all present different landscapes for the versatile goalscorer.

United under Dutch management with Erik ten Hag seems the more likely outcome given that the club has parted ways with Cristiano Ronaldo. With Gakpo proving his versatility and ability to slot into a number 9 role, his inclusion in a United team with Antony and Marcus Rashford would make a lot of sense from a tactical perspective.

The same can be said for Bayern who are more open to recruiting a new forward despite Sadio Mané’s summer arrival and the existence of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané, and Kingsley Coman, with Gakpo possibly being seen as a central option in Bavaria as well.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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