PSV’s Cody Gakpo has revealed that he thought he was going to sign for Manchester United the week before the transfer window shut.
Man Utd were interested in the Dutchman for much of the summer and looked set to sign him at one point before opting to only get Ajax’s Antony instead.
Gakpo’s options were then Southampton and Leeds, but while PSV accepted a bid from the latter, he had a last-minute change of heart and decided to stay with the Dutch club.
Giving his side of the story in an interview with his side, he revealed that he had thought he was going to join Man Utd, and felt a decision to play elsewhere after they withdrew their interest would be too rushed.
“It was all a bit last-minute,” he said.
“Last week I thought I would go to Manchester and then you have to choose another club in a week’s time. That is not nice for me and PSV, it feels a bit rushed.”
He also explained the role Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal played in his decision to turn down Leeds.
“I have been in talks with Premier League clubs, but the World Cup also plays a role,” said the winger.
“I asked the national coach for advice. He thought I should follow my feelings, but also said that a transfer in a World Cup year would not really be ideal. I agreed with him.”