Respected Dutch football journalist Rik Elfrink spoke to us on Cody Gakpo’s move to Liverpool.
Rik Elfrink covers PSV for Eindhovens Dagblad and broke the news about Virgil van Dijk playing a key role in enticing Gakpo to Anfield. We asked Rik to give us more insight into this exciting transfer.
When did Liverpool make contact with Cody Gakpo’s representatives?
Liverpool and Gakpo’s management were in talks for last 3 weeks. This weekend everything suddenly went fast.
What role did Virgil van Dijk play?
Cody spoke with Virgil van Dijk about Liverpool. It helped him making his decision.
Has Gakpo left Holland, when will he arrive in England?
I heard Gakpo will undergo his medicals Wednesday. So tomorrow.
How close were Manchester United to signing him?
Gakpo was open to Man United but things didn’t work out because United made no bid.
What other clubs were interested?
A lot of Premier League clubs wanted Gakpo. Also Real Madrid.
How do people in Holland view this fee? Do they think Liverpool got a good deal?
People here think the fee is not really high.