Liverpool has signed Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
Late on Boxing Day, the Eredivisie powerhouses stated that they and the Premier League team had agreed on a price for their young attacker.
In a statement posted to the club website on Monday night, PSV revealed the agreement: “PSV and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement on the future transfer of Cody Gakpo.”
“The 23-year-old attacker will immediately leave for England where he will undergo the necessary formalities to complete the transfer.”
Liverpool will reportedly pay £37 million to sign Cody Gakpo, ending months of rumours connecting him to a transfer to Manchester United. The announcement was made on the same day that Liverpool defeated Aston Villa 3-1 in a Premier League match.
A record sale for PSV, the price could potentially increase to £50 million, and Gakpo’s arrival in Merseyside will aid in improving Liverpool’s offensive options, where Luis Diaz and Diego Jota are out injured.
Neither team is releasing any information on the transfer fee. Nevertheless, general manager Marcel Brands noted that this was a record transfer for PSV.
Gakpo has managed to score 13 goals and assist 17 others for PSV in 24 appearances this season.
PSV and @LFC have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo.
The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.
— PSV (@PSV) December 26, 2022
Liverpool beat Man United & Chelsea to sign Gakpo
In addition to Manchester United, Chelsea was rumoured to be on the market for Gakpo. Still, given the most recent events for one of Europe’s most sought-after players, Liverpool appears to have prevailed.
Leeds United came quite close to signing the winger last summer, but a deal fell through. Gakpo’s stock soon increased due to his impressive displays for PSV and the Dutch national side.
The international from the Netherlands has been on fire for PSV and was one of the stars of the World Cup in Qatar.
At 23, he is still young enough for growth, just like the club’s most recent acquisitions in attack, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, Fabio Carvalho, and Diogo Jota. Importantly, he can play anywhere in the forward line, giving Liverpool the variety they desire.
Gakpo had been mentioned as a target for the summer, but Liverpool increased their interest after learning that PSV would be willing to sell the 23-year-old in January.
Additionally, the injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota increased Liverpool’s need for attacking reinforcements.
According to reports, Liverpool would have made a move for Gakpo in the summer but have now expressed an earlier interest, as they did with Luis Diaz last year. That signing was made before the Spurs, but it’s Manchester United this time.