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Manchester United Boss Erik ten Hag wants Red Devils target Cody Gakpo liken to Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie

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In light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued desire to leave Manchester United, Erik ten Hag has identified a different transfer target.

Cody Gakpo

As the Cristiano Ronaldo uprising rages on, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has added Dutch footballer of the Year Cody Gakpo to his wanted list.

United’s top aim is still Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and Ten Hag is willing to play the waiting game until the transfer window is set to close in order to land his man. Ten Hag is still looking for a new attacker, though, as Ronaldo’s unwillingness to play at Old Trafford for another year continues to fester.

However, PSV won’t consider any bids until their fate in the Champions League is known. After a 1-1 tie in the first leg, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s team will host Monaco in the third-round play-off on Tuesday night.

In the event that PSV wins, they will compete against either Rangers or Belgian club Union SG for a spot in the group stages, earning them £60 million. Gakpo has been compared to both Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie because he is a tall, graceful performer who transitioned from being a winger to a central striker.

Cody Gakpo

Due to Ajax’s £80 million asking price for Brazilian winger Antony, Ten Hag has turned his focus to PSV’s highly regarded Dutch international Gakpo. Additionally expressing interest in the 23-year-old Gakpo, who would cost almost £40 million, are Leeds and Arsenal.

However, PSV won’t consider any bids until their fate in the Champions League is known. After a 1-1 tie in the first leg, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s team will host Monaco in the third-round play-off on Tuesday night.

In the event that PSV wins, they will compete against either Rangers or Belgian club Union SG for a spot in the group stages, earning them £60 million. Gakpo has been compared to Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry because he is a tall, stylish performer who has achieved success.

Van Nistelrooy, a former United striker, collaborated with Gakpo in the PSV academy, where he was instrumental in his growth. Currently in charge of the club’s first team, Van Nistelrooy would be devastated to lose the player who was selected as Holland’s top performer for the previous campaign.

Cody Gakpo

Despite missing 12 games at the beginning of the season due to injury, Gakpo scored 21 goals in all competitions last season. Sidney and Duc, his two brothers, are also seasoned athletes.

Sidney, the oldest of the three at age 29, intends to work as his brother’s financial advisor after earning a business degree and retiring. The youngest, Duc, plays for PSV’s junior team while also pursuing his education.

SEG, a prestigious firm that also counsels Pep Guardiola and Ten Hag, represents Gakpo. He’s already acknowledged how much he loves the Premier League.

Van Nistelrooy, a former United striker, is Gakpo’s mentor.

Van Nistelrooy, a former United striker, is Gakpo’s mentor (Icon Sport via Getty Images)

I found it so impressive because Manchester United was better than everyone in England and around Europe. But England hosts so many fantastic sporting events. Look at Man City and Liverpool.

“All of them are loaded with talented players. Sometimes when they substitute, the player who comes on performs better than the one who leaves. That demonstrates the caliber of their squads.

“Ruud van Nistelrooy has been a fantastic coach for me,” he continued. With his knowledge gained throughout his time at Real Madrid and United, he has been instructing me. For a striker, there are many small aspects to consider, such as where to position yourself and when to make runs.

“I don’t want to put myself up against Van Persie in comparison. I can only hope that my career will take a similar course as his. And all I can do is hope that when I move abroad, I can play for a prestigious club. I’m aware that it will take a lot of effort on my part to succeed.

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