Dutch Eredevisie side PSV Eindhoven on Monday evening (Boxing day) confirmed on their club website that they have agreed a deal with Premier League giants Liverpool over forward Cody Gakpo.
The Reds have been in advanced talks to sign the versatile player who is of Togolese descent after the club accelerated their interest over the last 48 hours.
The ECHO understands the initial fee will be around the £37m figure with add-ons likely to take the deal well past the £40m mark.
Manchester United and Real Madrid had been linked with a move for the Netherlands international Gakpo, over the past few months. It’s thought the interest from other clubs has prompted Liverpool to make their move for Gakpo ahead of the January transfer window.
Now PSV have issued a statement on the website confirming an agreement has been reached with Liverpool.
“PSV and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement on the upcoming transfer of Cody Gakpo,” the statement read.
“The 23-year-old attacker will immediately leave for England where he will undergo the necessary formalities to complete the transfer.
“Both clubs are not making any announcements about the transfer fee.”
The statement then includes a quote from PSV chief Marcel Brands, who confirmed that the deal is a club-record fee received by the Dutch club.
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“But this is a record transfer for PSV,” Brands, a former Everton director of football, is quoted as saying by media outfits in England.
Gakpo played a huge important role in the Dutch team’s run in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar where the Oranje reached the quarterfinals stage.
The technically gifted forward is now expected to travel to Anfield in the coming days to put pen to paper after undergoing the mandatory medical tests amd agreeing personal terms.
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