Manchester United has a big decision ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in the coming days, as his interview with Piers Morgan continues to send shock waves through the club.
Ronaldo’s criticism of the Glazer family and his admission that he “disrespects” his current manager means United are considering terminating the 37-year-old’s contract, although the club will gather the full facts before making any decision.
Regardless, Ronaldo is likely to leave United before the Premier League returns after the World Cup, and his departure would leave Ten Hag on the strike circuit – it had already proven problematic for them in the first half of the season.
Ten Hag had been pushing United to sign PSV star Cody Jacobo for a number of months, and United received a boost in their pursuit of the Dutchman. 90 minutes He understands that the Eredivisie is ready to let the player leave in January.
Gakpo enjoyed a stellar season right up to the end of the World Cup – with 14 goals and 14 assists to his name – and has become one of the leading attackers in European football this season so far.
The 23-year-old is now with the Netherlands national team at the World Cup finals, but could be sold for the right price after the tournament concludes in Qatar. PSV would like to wait until the summer to let Jacobo go but, having missed the Champions League group stage at the start of the campaign, it is unlikely they will be able to resist a big money offer at the start of next year.
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A host of clubs are poised to vie for his signature, although United’s interest remains firmly established and sources close to the situation still see United as the leading party in their hunt for him. United did not make a move for the player in the summer after it was decided Ronaldo would stay, but the move could be accelerated if he leaves.
Ten Hag is a huge fan of Gakpo and the fact that the two share the same agents doesn’t hurt the chances of a deal. It is understood PSV would demand in excess of £40m for Gakpo.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all seen Gakpo this season, and Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have also been linked.
leeds f Southampton They both made unsuccessful bids for him in the summer, but those two sides are no longer under consideration by the player.