Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign Netherlands international Cody Gakpo, his club PSV have announced.
Gakpo has been linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs – including Manchester United and Real Madrid – after emerging as a key part of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side.
The forward has scored nine goals and provided 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie games this season, the third-highest tally of goal contributions (21) after 14 games in the league since the 1999-00 season – only Van Nistelrooy (27 in 1999-00) and former Liverpool man Luis Suarez (25 in 2009-10) have bettered that tally.
While Erik ten Hag’s United have been linked with Gakpo for several months, reports on Monday claimed Liverpool were close to signing the 23-year-old for an initial £37million (€42m) fee.
Having impressed for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar, where he scored three goals, Gakpo is now on course to arrive at Anfield in the January transfer window.
A statement from the Eredivisie giants said: “PSV and Liverpool have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo.
“The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.”
The statement added that both clubs would not make an announcement on the fee, but general manager Marcel Brands did say: “this is a record transfer for PSV,” with the club’s previous record being the sale of Hirving Lozano to Napoli for a reported €45m.
Should a deal be completed, Gakpo will provide competition in the forward line for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who are currently without injured pair Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.