Liverpool have learned they will need to pay more than €30m to land PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo after opening ‘exploratory talks’.
It’s been widely reported that Jurgen Klopp wants to add a wide forward to his squad as his famous front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will all be in their 30s in the summer.
Only Salah has shown evidence to suggest that he will be able to perform at an elite level into his 30s and so Liverpool are likely exploring their options in the attacking department as we speak.
Firmino seems the most likely to face the axe and not have his contract renewed which is not a slight on his ability but more a comment on his lack of attacking output over the last 2 years compared to Mane and Salah.
Even Mane can’t hold a candle to his Egyptian teammate, who is widely regarded as the best player on the planet although Fenway Sports Group must disagree based on their refusal to match his contract demands.
Liverpool open talks with Gakpo but must pay more than €30million
Liverpool and Manchester City are in a battle to sign PSV Eindhoven attacker, Cody Gakpo, according to Voetbal International.
The top two Premier League sides have held ‘exploratory talks’ with Gakpo and while he’s set to renew with PSV, that’s not necessarily an indication of his long-term intentions.
The Dutch international is already under the contract until 2025 but is in talks with the club to extend his terms to 2026 but this reportedly shouldn’t prevent him from leaving in the summer.
Voetbal International’s report begins by stating that despite Gakpo being on the verge of a new deal with PSV, he is “there is a good chance that the 22-year-old attacker will leave the Eindhoven club this summer.”
According to Eindhovens Dagblad journalist Rik Elfrink, claims ‘from abroad’ that it will cost just €29.9million to sign Gakpo are wide of the mark and instead, Liverpool or City will need to pay more than that to land him.
His information suggests that around €30m is ‘not nearly enough’ to consider a sale and in fact, it would apparently not even be enough to ‘have a cup of coffee’ with the Dutch.
Gakpo stands at 6ft2 and has 10 goals and 11 assists this season but paying much more than €30m drastically increases the risk in buying from an Eredivisie club – something Premier League outfits don’t do very often.