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Talented Winger Is Open To Joining Manchester City: Should Pep Move In For Him?

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In a recent interview with NOS, PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo is open to joining Manchester City at the end of this campaign. Gakpo said,

“I think I’ll be ready to take that step by the end of this season. I feel like I was at the beginning of this season, but after this season I’m even more ready to take that next step.

“Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. It would be an honour to be able to play there, but I also have to look at what kind of team I would best come into my own.”

Gakpo’s Excellent Run Of Form In Dutch Football

Gakpo is having an impressive campaign at the Philips Stadion as he has managed to put in a series of match-winning displays on the left side of PSV’s attack. The 23-year-old has banged in 13 goals and picked up 17 assists in 24 matches for the Dutch club this season across all fronts.

The Eindhoven-born talent has been a consistent performer in the final third after he averaged 3.6 shots, 4.2 key passes and 1.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.5% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Move In For Gakpo Next Summer?

Gakpo has been an unstoppable force for PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie this season as he has produced several goal-scoring displays for them in the final third. He is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet and can create some inviting chances for his teammates in the opponent’s half. The Dutch wing wizard can even strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range and has added plenty of goals and assists to his game over the past few months.

At the moment, Gakpo is playing at a very high level and has what it takes to serve as a useful member of Pep Guardiola‘s squad at the Etihad Stadium if Man City can find a way to bring him on board next year.

We can expect Gakpo to add more goals and creativity to the Mancunian club‘s frontline and offer some serious competition for Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish for a place in Guardiola’s starting XI. Thus, Man City should focus on moving in for the Dutch attacker at the end of this season.

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