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PSV director makes Cody Gakpo admission following Manchester United contact

The Reds had circled the 23-year-old as a possible transfer target as Erik ten Hag searched for an attacking reinforcement before landing Antony in an 85.1m deal. Since then, Gakpo has kicked on and has been in scintillating form for PSV.

The Netherlands international has scored nine goals in 12 games including seven in six Eredivisie outings. As a result, he has earned another call-up to the Dutch national squad for this months Nations League fixtures.

However, the beginning of the season wasnt as smooth as Brands would have liked it to have been. The PSV chief explained how Gakpos campaign was disrupted by Uniteds interest.

Speaking to Voetbal Primeur, Brands said: “Cody has had a difficult preparation with us because he has spoken with Manchester United. They didn't come until mid-August and it didn't go through.

“I even think Cody wouldn't have left at the end of the transfer window if the right amount had been offered. There has been no bid that approached the lower limit of what we agreed with Cody.”

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