Transfer gossip: Man Utd quoted £65m for World Cup forward; Real Madrid want everybody

Date published: Wednesday 7th December 2022 8:45 - Sarah Winterburn

Cody Gakpo celebrates

Cody Gakpo will now cost a cool £65m apparently, which is about £40m more than Manchester United could have paid in the summer. He might be the only player Real Madrid don’t want…

 

HOW MUCH IS THAT CODY IN THE WINDOW?
The price of waiting to sign Cody Gakpo has now risen to about £40m as it now seems that the Dutchman – who has scored three goals at this World Cup – will cost a massive £65m. Wow. But when you see what Manchester United paid for Antony, it absolutely makes sense that PSV try and eke out a higher price for the forward who has scored 13 goals and claimed 17 assists already this season.

This latest claim comes from FootMercato, who actually don’t mention any other suitors but Manchester United, who desperately need firepower after the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo. Will they pay that price for Gakpo? Should they pay that price for Gakpo?

 

REAL MADRID GO CRAZY
Here’s the full tweet from Fabrizio Romano: ‘Real Madrid are closing in on Endrick deal. Negotiations are progressing to final stages on personal terms too. Talks are very advanced with Palmeiras on €60m fee plus taxes. Been told full package will be €72m. Real want to seal & sign the deal very soon.’

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo report that 23-year-old Pedro Porro, who plays right wing-back for Sporting Lisbon, is very much a Real Madrid target but is also wanted by Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus.

Oh and AS report that Jude Bellingham would prefer Real Madrid over the Premier League (much to the chagrin of Jordan Henderson and Liverpool fans), though Borussia Dortmund’s £130m demands might put them off a little.

 

KESSIE TO LINK UP WITH CONTE?
After signing Franck Kessie on a free transfer last summer, Barcelona want rid of the Ivory Coast midfielder. He has started just two La Liga games this season and that is not considered much of a return on his massive wages.

So who is interested? According to AS, Kessie’s agent has fielded interest from Napoli and Inter Milan, while Tottenham have gone straight to Barcelona and suggested a loan move followed by a permanent deal next summer if things go well. The Spanish club are keen but Kessie might want to wait until next summer; nobody wants to give up that easily.

‘Antonio Conte knows the footballer perfectly and they could make an effort’ say AS.

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