According to Rik Elfrink, Louis van Gaal called Leeds United and prevented them from signing Cody Gakpo from PSV.
The young attacker is said to have received a phone call from the former manager of Manchester United, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, who is currently in charge of the Netherlands for a third time, asking him to remain in Eindhoven in order to have the greatest opportunity.
That prevented Leeds from signing the Dutchman despite having overnight agreements on personal terms and a £37 million payment from the 23-year-old.
Elfrink stated on his own Twitter account that Louis van Gaal “is thought to have played a major role at Leeds United in blocking the Gakpo transfer.” “The club wants to pay 43 million euros and is completely perplexed, went over Southampton, who wanted to pay 40 million.”
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After a tumultuous deadline day at Thorp Arch, the Whites ultimately acquired a new striker in the form of Wilfried Gnonto, an international from Italy.
Without a sure, Victor Orta would have returned from Eindhoven on the private plane with Gakpo alongside him in an ideal world, but he arrived by himself.
After a mentally exhausting 24 hours at Elland Road, a new striker was eventually signed for the team, potentially putting an end to years of transfer suffering.
Since Rodrigo, who isn’t a true striker himself, the Whites haven’t acquired a player who is confident playing up front and can immediately have an influence on the first team, therefore Gnonto’s acquisition is significant relief.
Jesse Marsch needed a new hire more than he ever anticipated but the prospective issue has been handled since the Spaniard is currently expected to be sidelined for the better part of a month due to a shoulder ailment.
Although the Italian is already able to lead the line in the Premier League without any issues, he still has plenty of potential to develop at the young age of 18.