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Liverpool ‘fought off late rival bid’ to signal Cody Gakpo

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Liverpool’s shock deal for Cody Gakpo compelled one other Premier League rival to make a transfer for the Netherlands worldwide, however the supply was wanting PSV Eindhoven’s asking value.

Gakpo was unveiled as a Liverpool participant earlier this week and can change into eligible to play for his new membership when the switch window opens on Sunday.

It was lengthy anticipated that Gakpo would as an alternative signal for Manchester United in the course of the winter window, significantly as he had overtly spoken about talks with Erik ten Hag in the course of the summer season.

Liverpool‘s swoop for Gakpo largely flew beneath the radar, however their closest opponents for his signature weren’t the Pink Devils.

As a substitute, Eindhovens Dagblad report that Chelsea caught wind of Liverpool’s transfer for Gakpo and needed to muscle in on the motion.

The Blues’ supply is claimed to have been within the area of £35m, however wouldn’t attain the Reds’ bid of £37m plus an additional £8m in add-ons.

Chelsea are set for a busy window having already secured the signing of teenage striker David Datro Fofana, with offers for Benoit Badiashile and Christopher Nkunku within the works and Enzo Fernandez on their radar.

Badiashile is closing in on signing from Monaco, whereas Nkunku is ready to hitch Chelsea on the finish of the 2022/23 season. The Blues have reached an settlement with World Cup winner Fernandez, however haven’t come to phrases on a payment with Benfica for the midfielder.

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