Erik ten Hag turns his eyes to Cody Gakpo after Ajax set £80m for Antony | Soccer

Cody Gakpo is on Manchester United's radar (Picture: Getty)

Cody Gakpo is on Manchester United’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are eyeing a move for PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo after his move for Ajax winger Antony was rebuffed.

Antony, the Brazil international, was keen to follow Erik ten Hag into the theater of dreams and made that clear to Ajax.

However, the Dutch giants have practically priced United out of a move by asking in excess of £80m for the 21-year-old.

United are unwilling to pay that much especially as they struggle in the pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

But while Ten Hag would rather wait for the right targets than buy for the sake of it, there is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed in offense.

Anthony Martial will miss Sunday’s game against Brighton with a hamstring injury, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo – who wants to leave the club – could be forced to play after just 45 minutes of pre-season.

That underscores the need for attacking reinforcements and the Mirror say Gakpo is now a leading target for the Red Devils.

Gakpo is valued at £40million (Image: Getty)

Gakpo is valued at £40million (Image: Getty)

The 23-year-old Netherlands international was named Dutch Player of the Year in 2022 for his performances for Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side.

Leeds and Arsenal have both expressed interest in Gakpo but his future will depend on whether PSV reach the Champions League group stage.

The Dutch must defeat Monaco in the second leg of their play-offs this week after drawing 1-1 in the first leg.

PSV will be missing around £60m if they don’t reach the group stage and in that case they would be listening to offers for Gakpo, who is valued at around £40m.

That’s a fee United would be willing to pay as it’s half what Antony would cost.

Gakpo has been compared to Robin van Persie for the way he was moved from the wing to a central forward position, but still plays from both positions.

The forward scored 21 goals last season despite missing 12 games at the start of the season.

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