Arsenal in the battle to sign 23-year-old Eredivisie centre-forward

Arsenal and Leeds United target Cody Gakpo will cost nearly €45m. Both teams stay keen on signing the in-demand PSV centre-forward, although coach Ruud van Nistelrooy is eager to keep the Netherlands international on board for the next campaign.

The 23-year-old centre-forward was one of the Gunners’ early targets in this window, only for Arsenal to recruit in other areas and swiftly turn their attention towards another wide winger in Raphinha. However, Arsenal’s chase for the Brazilian attacker proved unsuccessful, as the ex-Leeds United forward joined Barcelona.

With that failed pursuit, the Gunners at least revealed their intention to sign a new forward and showed readiness to pay up huge sums to acquire such a player. In addition, there have been links with some high-profile footballers like Gnabry, Sane, and Diaby, although none of them might be achievable for many reasons.

Arsenal have Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, and Pepe as their current wide forwards. However, Pepe is likely to leave the Gunners amid interest from Newcastle United, Leeds United and others. And the Spanish manager wants a new footballer to replace the African attacker.

Cody is being considered again by Arsenal, despite the forward primarily playing on the left flank. Gakpo can play across the attack and do a job on either flank and fits the profile of a player Mikel Arteta wants.