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Cody Gakpo had a troubled start to the season after talks with Man United, says PSV chief

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Cody Gakpo had a troubled start to the season after late transfer talks with Man United, PSV chief Marcel Brands claims, insisting the Dutch star ‘wouldn’t have left Eindhoven’ even if the Red Devils had matched their asking price

  • Preparations for the season were ‘difficult’ for Cody Gakpo, says Marcel Brands
  • He claims the Dutch winger was upset by Manchester United transfer talks
  • Gakpo attracted interest from the Red Devils, Leeds and Arsenal this summer
  • Brands thinks Gakpo would have stayed with PSV if the asking price had been met

Manchester United’s transfer talks with PSV this summer made preparations for the new season ‘difficult’ for Cody Gakpo, says football director Marcel Brands.

Earlier this summer, reports emerged that the Eindhoven board would be happy to transfer the £43 million-valued Dutch star to suitors Arsenal, Leeds or Manchester United, amid the departure of former PSV technical director John de Jong.

But Brands has since insisted that Gakpo would have stayed at the Philips Stadium even if the ‘correct amount’ had been offered, and insisted the 23-year-old did not want to leave.

Cody Gakpo’s preparations for the new season were ‘difficult’, says PSV chief Marcel Brands

Brands claims Gakpo's negotiations with Manchester United influenced his preparation

Brands claims Gakpo’s negotiations with Manchester United influenced his preparation

As a result of the transfer negotiations, Brands believes Gakpo has suffered from a lack of preparation for the new season.

“Cody has had a difficult preparation with us because he has spoken with Manchester United,” he said ED.

“They didn’t come until mid-August and they didn’t go through. In fact, I don’t think Cody would have left at the end of the transfer window if the right amount had been offered.

Despite his 'lack' of preparation, the Dutch star scored seven Eredivisie goals in six games

Despite his ‘lack’ of preparation, the Dutch star scored seven Eredivisie goals in six games

“There has been no bid that approached the lower bound of what we agreed with Cody.”

Despite the alleged lack of preparation, Gakpo has enjoyed a fruitful start to the Eredivisie season, with seven goals in his first six games.

The attacker picked up a brace in the opening weekend against FC Emmen and followed it up three weeks later with a hat-trick in PSV’s 7-1 victory over FC Volendam.

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