PSV open up on Man Utd and Leeds’ interest in Gakpo

PSV Eindhoven have opened up on summer transfer interest from Manchester United and Leeds in Cody Gakpo.

Manchester United and Leeds both expressed an interest in signing Gakpo during the summer transfer window, with the winger having been named as Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2021/22.


The 23-year-old scored 21 goals in all competitions last season, form which attracted interest from the Premier League.

PSV director John de Jong has now opened up on that interest from England and revealed interest from Old Trafford ‘faded’ as the club closed in on the signing of Antony from Ajax.

Speaking to Voetbal international, De Jong said: “Manchester United signed up at the beginning of the transfer period. They expressed their interest.

“In the end, as management, we had talks with United between the games against Rangers. Then it seemed to get more concrete, but that faded and at the end of the window the option to sell him to United was no longer there.”

De Jong also spoke on Leeds’ interest and confirmed talks between the clubs, after the Premier League side made a late approach for Gakpo. However, Leeds failed to provide a proposal that PSV deemed acceptable.

“It’s hard, it was hard for Cody, too. We got together on Thursday [deadline day] to discuss it.

“Leeds United’s director flew in and talked to Cody. We received and listened to Leeds, but in the end, no concrete offer was put on the table where we thought we should sell now.”

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