Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag is “frustrated” that the club missed out on signing Cody Gakpo, according to reports.
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The Netherlands winger is set to join Liverpool in the January transfer window for £44million after Jurgen Klopp’s side swooped in and agreed a deal with PSV.
The Red Devils are currently on the lookout for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gakpo was reported to be top of their transfer list.
But, once Liverpool made their move – Manchester United were unable to compete as they could not match the Reds’ financial package, according to ESPN.
PSV had to sell Gakpo for as much as they could get as they needed to make sure they would be able to cover their costs due to the increased wage bill at the club.
Therefore the Red Devils did not launch an official bid for Gakpo and the report has claimed that the Dutch manager was left frustrated by this, but is hopeful of finding a solution.
United spent big in the summer transfer window with the high-profile signings of Antony, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Malacia all costing huge transfer fees.
United have also been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. Although a move for the Portuguese star will prove costly as the La Liga side are demanding an £8m loan fee for him.
However, Ten Hag remains defiant as he conceded that United are “always in the market” for players. After beating Nottingham Forest in the Premier League, he said: “I think we are always in the market but it has to match the sporting criteria and also the financial criteria.”