Liverpool star Cody Gakpo reveals how close he came to Manchester United transfer

Cody Gakpo came close to joining Manchester United (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo admits he was close to joining Manchester United before his move to Anfield.

The Dutchman joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in a £40m move from PSV Eindhoven 12 months ago.

His move to Merseyside came just six months after the Netherlands international saw a move to Old Trafford fall through.

After a sensational season in Holland – where Erik ten Hag was an onlooker as Ajax boss – Gakpo was tipped to join the Dutchman at Old Trafford.

United were keen to sign a new forward, but they left it until the final week of the window to spend £85m on Ajax winger Antony.

That’s despite Gakpo being available for considerably less, and the fact he can play in a variety of positions.

Gakpo signed for Liverpool six months later (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

And the forward admits he was in regular contact with Ten Hag before the deal fell through.

‘Yeah I think it was the summer before that I was in contact with the club,’ Gakpo told SkySports.

‘I spoke to the manager as well. He’s dutch, obviously, so I spoke to him.

‘In the end it didn’t go through and that’s just it. In the winter came Liverpool and it was the best decision for me.’

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