Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has somewhat advised Cody Gakpo to snub Manchester United and to favour a move to Real Madrid.
Gakpo is currently one of the top performers in the ongoing Qatar World Cup, having scored three goals in four matches so far.
The PSV forward was close to joining Manchester United over the summer after he held several conversations with Erik ten Hag but unfortunately, the deal couldn’t get over the line after Man United spent €100million to sign Antony from Ajax.
There have been claims that the Red Devils will continue in their attempt to lure the 23-year-old in January as part of Erik ten Hag’s squad rebuild.
However, they will have to fight off Real Madrid, who recently joined the race to sign Cody Gakpo, thanks to the stellar World Cup he’s currently having, if they want to sign the attacking midfielder in January.
Virgil van Dijk believes Manchester United are not at the level of Real Madrid at the moment, hence he’s backed his compatriot to join the Whites, if he’s ready for a high-profile challenge in his career.
“Are Manchester United and Real Madrid the same level at this moment? No disrespect, not at all, Van Dijk told The Athletic when asked if Cody Gakpo is ready to make a huge step in his career amid interest from United and Real.
“I think he [Cody Gakpo] definitely has a next step in him.”
The PSV forward has confirmed yet again that he’s only focused on helping the Netherlands finish strong in the Qatar World Cup and not thinking about his future.
On his future, the PSV star said: “I have to be honest, I am not thinking about that now. I am focused on the tournament and want to keep performing well, to keep helping the team.
“Hopefully, when we become world champions we can think about other things.”
Recent reports have suggested that PSV could command a transfer fee around £70million for Gakpo’s services in January, thanks to his superb World Cup he’s currently having in Qatar.
Some outlets reported that United could have lured him half the price he currently is had they signed him over the summer.