Liverpool FC have completed the signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven after bringing forward their transfer plans in order to beat out rival interest from Manchester United.
Gakpo, who shone for Louis van Gaal’s team at the World Cup, has agreed to terms with Liverpool FC on a five-and-a-half-year contract worth an initial €40 million (£35 million). The 23-year-total old’s fee could reach €50 million.
The versatile forward was a target for United manager Erik ten Hag. They both represent by the same agency as Gakpo, SEG. But Liverpool moved quickly to meet PSV’s valuation and beat rival clubs to his signature after the World Cup.
Julian Ward, Liverpool’s sporting director, sealed the deal on Boxing Day after three days of talks with his PSV counterpart, Marcel Brands. Ward will leave the Anfield club at the end of the season. But Liverpool’s business has been unaffected as he worked on the transfer with head of recruitment, Dave Fallows, and chief scout, Barry Hunter.
Liverpool, on the other hand, announced plans to sign Gakpo in light of his rising stardom with the Netherlands and PSV, rival competition for his signature, and injuries to Luis Daz and Diogo Jota. The two forwards could be out until March, and Gakpo, who can play in a variety of positions, provides a talented alternative for a team looking to qualify for the Champions League.
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