“It’s a shame” – Cody Gakpo reacts to failed Manchester United summer move

PSV forward Cody Gakpo has admitted that it was a shame for him that his summer move to Manchester United didn’t materialise.

Man United showed strong interest in signing Gakpo from PSV over the summer after it was reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was searching for a Champions League team.

United were also in the market for Ajax forward Antony but were always going to sign either him or Gakpo as the Red Devils chiefs were keen on stopping Ronaldo from leaving the club.

Having successfully stopped the Portuguese star from sealing what could have been a dream move away from Old Trafford, Manchester United were left with one option – either they sign Antony or Gakpo and the Red Devils eventually signed the former for a deal that could rise to €100million, leaving the 23-year-old forward, who had a few talks with Erik ten Hag about a move to the Theatre of Dreams, in shame.

Reflecting on his failed summer departure from PSV, the winger told The Times: “I was close to leaving [in the summer], I spoke to Erik ten Hag a few times at Manchester United.

“In the end, the deal didn’t go through, which was a shame, for me and my development, and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

Cody Gakpo has been in sensational form with PSV in recent seasons, having scored nine goals and assisted seven in 10 Eredivisie matches.

The Netherlands international has also scored three goals and provided one assist in three Europa League matches already.

Manchester United are expected to renew their interest in the winger in January as reports still claim that Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to join a Champions League club this season has cooled off.