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Manchester United still monitoring 23-year-old striker as potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

Manchester United are closing in on an agreement for PSV star Cody Gakpo.
Manchester United are closing in on an agreement for PSV star Cody Gakpo. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo still on Manchester United radar as Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

Manchester United are still monitoring PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of next season, according to Forbes (h/t Mirror).

The Red Devils have the Holland international in their sights during the recent transfer window. However, the Old Trafford side pulled out after agreeing on a move for Antony from Ajax.

United were looking to bolster their forward line in the summer of 2022, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner angling for a move away from Manchester. Ronaldo wanted a move to a Champions League side.

Louis van Gaal advised Cody Gakpo to avoid Manchester United switch.
Manchester United are looking at Cody Gakpo as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the Portugal international ended up staying at United. But given that the 37-year-old can leave at the end of the season, the Red Devils are searching for replacements.

And Gakpo is someone United have already agreed personal terms with. The Holland international had offers from other Premier League clubs as well in the recent transfer window. However, he opted to stay in the Eredivisie.

Gakpo has gotten off to a blistering start in the 2022/23 campaign. The 23-year-old has registered 10 goals and nine assists in 13 appearances in all competitions.

Cristiano Ronaldo has mostly been on the bench for Manchester United under Erik ten Hag. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo has mostly been on the bench for Manchester United under Erik ten Hag. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Ronaldo has had to settle for a role from the bench. The Portuguese has not started much under Ten Hag. Marcus Rashford has been preferred in the centre-forward position.

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It seems Ronaldo’s fairytale return to the club is drawing to a close. However, if the 37-year-old does end up leaving at the end of this season, the Red Devils will have a lot of work on their hands to replace his goals.

Gakpo is someone with great potential. The 23-year-old has also become a regular member of Louis van Gaal’s Holland side. However, whether United are successful in capturing the forward’s signature in the future is something that is not known yet.

Written by Aheed Abrar

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