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Wonderkid hints at Arsenal transfer
Cody Gakpo has hinted that he’d be interested in a move to Arsenal: “The Premier League is a big league. Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them,” he said this week,” he said, as cited by fourfourtwo. “We are not the same kind of league but I think we try to look at the Prem and learn about it. Everybody wants to play one time in the Prem. I don’t favour one team but I like Arsenal a lot. I looked up to Henry when I was younger because he was a tall guy who played on the wing.”
The PSV Eindhoven star is currently valued at £22.5million, according to Transkfermarkt.
For much of the January window, Gunners fans hoped that the club would be able to convince Serbia international Dusan Vlahovic to trade Fiorentina for north London. However, the 22-year-old always had his sights set on a switch to Juventus, with the Old Lady eventually forking out €80million (£67million) for his services.
Meanwhile, other than Vlahovic, Edu and Arsenal didn’t feel as though the right striker was attainable in the January market. Criticism would’ve likely wavered had the Gunners not also allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave the club at the end of the window by mutual consent.
The decision to part ways with their former captain left Arsenal with just Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as their more natural centre-forward options. Both have struggled in front of goal this season – stand-in skipper Lacazette has scored just four Premier League goals, whilst Nketiah is still yet to open his account in England’s topflight this campaign.
But Arsenal fans can take comfort from the fact that the Serbian’s form has actually dropped since he moved to Turin.