Arsenal have been told they will have to pay significantly more than £25million to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
Gakpo has been in fine form for the Dutch side this season, with ten goals and 11 assists in 28 games this season.
His performances have reportedly caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, with Liverpool and Manchester City both said to have initiated contact.
And Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness) claim Arsenal are also interested, and would ‘jump at the opportunity’ to sign the 22-year-old as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Currently deployed as a winger, Gakpo would not be a like-for-like replacement for Aubameyang, but Mikel Arteta is keen to add further creativity and goals to his squad in the January transfer window.
Reports indicate Arsenal would need to offer €29.9million (£25m), but Eindhovens Dagblad journalist Rik Elfrink refutes that claim.
Collega’s uit het buitenland noemen nu ook #Arsenal als optie voor Cody Gakpo, waarin ook Liverpool, Bayern en Manchester City interesse hebben. Daaraan wordt een prijs van 29,9 miljoen euro gekoppeld. Bij lange na niet genoeg om überhaupt een kop koffie te komen drinken bij PSV.
— Rik Elfrink (@RikElfrink) January 26, 2022
He states that ‘colleagues from abroad’ have brought Arsenal into the race for Gakpo and that the price of €29.9m is ‘linked to this’.
But he says that will be ‘not nearly enough’ to convince PSV Eindhoven, claiming it isn’t enough to ‘even have a cup of coffee’ with the Eredivisie side.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their chase for a new striker.
“Alexander Isak, I’m told, isn’t actually that interested in joining Arsenal at the moment. Not necessarily just Arsenal, I think he’s a bit cagey about the Premier League generally,” Jones told The Football Terrace.
“And if he does come, he wants to be absolutely sure that it’s a good fit for him. Like Vlahovic, he’s sceptical that Arsenal is the right stepping stone for him at this moment in his career.”