Cody Gakpo’s move to Manchester United could set off a chain reaction, with Jadon Sancho joining archrivals .
Handed the duty of a largest rebuilding operation in Manchester United’s history, Erik ten Hag has got right on the job and has so far brought in five permanent recruits.
And they’ve helped boost the squad’s performance while also fostering excellent team morale. That is why the Dutchman believes the human element is critical to a successful transfer.
Despite a strong start, there are still a number of holes to fill, not least the position of striker following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s sensational departure.
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Despite returning to form, Rashford’s profligacy has cost United on certain occasions while Martial has struggled with injuries which have restricted him to only four starts this season.
The Netherlands’ World Cup hero Cody Gakpo is said to be Ten Hag’s primary target to fill that position considering his form for both club and country.
According to Calciomercatoweb, such a move could set off a chain reaction involving archrivals Chelsea and Serie A giants Juventus.
Gakpo’s strengths include playing on the left wing and changing position with the striker. Both Rashford and Martial are adept at playing up top and on the left flank.
That would push Jadon Sancho further down the pecking order, and the struggling winger would be free to leave the Red Devils.
The former Borussia Dortmund star is not part of United’s Spain camp and is currently training on his own in Holland with coaches suggested by the United manager.
This would free up Christian Pulisic to transfer to Turin, where Massimiliano Allegri is anxious for flank reinforcements despite the boardroom issues.
While a move for Gakpo makes sense, it seems unlikely United would let Sancho leave, especially considering the club’s huge outlay on him and the fact that it has only been one season since his arrival.