Manchester United reportedly agreed personal terms to sign PSV Eindhoven attacker and rumoured Arsenal target Cody Gakpo, however, the Red Devils abandoned the move to pursue Ajax star Antony instead.
According to the Athletic, the Old Trafford side struck personal terms with Gakpo over a potential deal with United working on an official bid to PSV, however, no such offer arrived as Erik Ten Hag instead focussed on signing Antony, a deal which did go through at a reported £85m.
The Brazilian international was the most expensive summer transfer from a Premier League side this summer that left Gakpo in the Netherlands for the year, with Arsenal also not making an official move for the winger despite reported interest from the north London club.
The Holland international was also reportedly on the radar for the likes of Everton, Leeds United and Southampton, yet despite much interest from the Premier League, Gakpo was not signed by anyone, with Ten Hag seemingly happy with his business to bring Antony to Manchester.
Antony scored on his debut for United against Arsenal in a 3-1 win against the Gunners, and for Mikel Arteta’s side, many fans are puzzled why they never pushed to sign Gakpo or another winger entirely despite a lack of depth out on the right-wing, an issue that is one Bukayo Saka injury away from becoming a crisis.
Indeed, whilst Brazilian youngster Marquinhos scored on his senior Arsenal debut last week in the UEFA Europa League, an experienced option like Gakpo would have been perfect for the Gunners, and United’s decision to not sign the PSV stat could be a boost for the north London side ahead of the January window.
Manchester United not signing Gakpo could be huge for Arsenal
The summer window might have shut just two weeks ago, but there’s already a feeling around the Emirates that signings need to be made in January for Arsenal, and United’s move for Antony over Gakpo could be huge for Arteta’s side heading in 2023.
Attacking depth will be needed if the Gunners’ are to finish in the top-four, and with the wings looking weak in terms of depth, signing a player like Gakpo could be perfect for Arsenal, who need that extra bit of help in the window to get over the line in the Premier League.