PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo is “definitely worth £50m and could thrive in the Premier League given interest from Liverpool and Arsenal,” says former Netherlands international Rene Van der Kerkhof VP.
As of this writing, Gakpo’s farewell to the Eredivsie giants feels less like a case of “if” and more like a “when”. Simply put, for a big fish quickly outgrowing a relatively small pond, a summer exit feels inevitable.
And while the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have expressed interest, the most likely destination at the moment seems to be the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have already held talks with Gakpo’s agent and have made it clear that they are ready to pay a ‘significant’ transfer fee for a player estimated by PSV at around £33million (ADVERTISEMENT).
That’s a lot of money for a 22-year-old who has yet to prove himself in Europe’s top leagues.
But according to Van der Kerkhof, £33m is a steal for a player with Gakpo’s potential in today’s market.
Cody Gakpo; A £33m bargain?
“It’s very simple: fifty million. He’s definitely worth it,” said the legendary PSV midfielder when asked how much the Eindhoven-born striker should cost.
“I think he is one of the best players PSV have produced in recent years. He has the looks of a top player.
“He has a lot of footballing qualities. He can play well left and right (wing) but I would put him in the 10th position.
“I think Gakpo can certainly be successful in England. But I also think Bayern is a very good club for him. He thinks so too, I think.”
Despite having 16 goals and 15 assists this season, Gakpo is far from finished.
Van der Kerkhof believes the PSV academy graduate could still improve his decision-making in the final third – he tends to do it all on his own – while his recent injury record remains a concern.
“Real top players hardly ever get injured and are always fit. So we have to be careful in that regard,” adds Van der Kerkhof.
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