Man Utd are reportedly preparing €50m bid for Erik ten Hag’s top Ronaldo replacement.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Hag is preparing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the January transfer market.
According to The Telegraph, United are planning a €50million (£43.1m) opening offer for Erik ten Hag’s top target.
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The Red Devils have been left with few options in attack following the termination of Ronaldo’s contract last month, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford the only senior, first-team options capable of leading the line.
Erik Ten Hag is conscious of the need for more firepower, saying last week: ‘Yes, we want to sign a forward in January but only when we find the right player. We will do everything in our power.’
United are ready to make a formal offer for PSV Eindhoven’s versatile attacker Cody Gakpo and feel he is the ideal replacement for Ronaldo.
United have a long-standing interest in the Netherlands international and discussed a move in the summer, though ultimately decided to pay up for Brazilian winger Antony instead – who cost a massive £87.1million.
But that was no reflection on how highly Ten Hag rates Gakpo, and the Dutch coach is now driving United’s pursuit of his young compatriot.
Although he has spent most of his career so far lining up off the left wing, Gakpo is also capable of playing through the middle and spearheading the attack – something he did well for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar.
United will open negotiations with PSV by submitting a 50 millionn (£43.1m) bid for the 23-year-old, though it remains to be seen if that will be accepted.
The Dutch club are fully aware of how much Gakpo’s stock has risen since the summer, having scored nine goals and laid on 12 assists in just 14 Eredivisie appearances as well as netting three times at the World Cup.
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Back in the summer, United had valued the forward at closer to the €40m (£34.8m) mark, but that will not be enough to prise him away from PSV in January.
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