Arsenal could look to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo in the January transfer window as the attacker ‘fits the profile’ Mikel Arteta and Edu are looking to target, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth.
The Gunners splashed more than £100 million on new signings in the summer but could soon reinvest in some more exciting talent.
What is the latest on Gakpo?
Arsenal are among the sides chasing a deal for the 23-year-old in the coming transfer windows, but face competition from the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, according to The Athletic.
The Red Devils were reportedly quoted a fee of £38 million for his signature following the end of last season, although he is valued at £31 million by Transfermarkt.
It is understood that further competition could come from Italy, with Serie A giants AC Milan also keeping tabs on Gakpo.
PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy has offered an update on his star striker’s future as well, saying that it is ‘not only Premier League clubs’ interested and described the nine-cap Netherlands international as ‘exceptional’.
What has Sheth said on a potential deal?
Sheth understands that Arsenal could look to do a deal with PSV for Gakpo once the January transfer window opens.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Arsenal is an interesting one, because, throughout the transfer window, I think the right side of the attack was a priority position. Now, Gakpo’s priority position, and preferred position, is on the left, but he can play in the centre and he can play on the right. At the moment, Saka’s occupying that right side of the front three just now. He would be someone that Arsenal would look at. I think it would fit the profile as well, as far as Arteta is concerned, because we know what he’s trying to build a squad of young players who’ve got high ceilings and high potential so it could be one that Arsenal do look at in January, potentially, but the summer is more realistically.”
What would Gakpo bring to Arsenal?
The PSV youth graduate has made an exceptional start to the 2022-23 season, bagging 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 20 matches.
It has taken his total for the club to 55 strikes, so there is no doubt he would bring a serious threat in front of goal to the Emirates.
Gakpo has also donned the captain’s armband on multiple occasions this term, including against Arsenal in the Europa League, so Arteta will know the youngster already has leadership credentials too.