Leeds: £27m star who 'has everything' could make Elland Road move

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Leeds signing PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo would “make sense”, according to The Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

Jesse Marsch is looking to bolster his attacking ranks and has identified the £27m-rated attacker as a potential summer addition.

What’s the latest news involving Gakpo?

With severe speculation surrounding Raphinha’s future, Leeds are lining up Gakpo as a replacement for the Brazilian.

According to Foot Mercato, Marsch is interested in linking up with the 23-year-old attacker, who’s off the back of an exceptional season in Holland.

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In 46 appearances across all competitions, Gakpo, described by ex-Dutch international Theo Janssen as having ‘everything‘, scored 21 goals and laid on 15 assists for PSV.

Gakpo has the ability to come in off both flanks, but with the winger being naturally right-footed, he could prove the perfect replacement for Raphinha, which is why Taylor reckons he might be a natural fit at Leeds.

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What did Taylor say about Gakpo?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s plates spinning at the moment. It looks like an offer has been rejected for Otavio from Porto, and Cody Gakpois is obviously the other one who’s cropped up in the last few days.

“Stylistically, that one would really make sense and one I could see happening.”

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How did Gakpo compare to Raphinha last season?

In terms of attacking output, while the difference between a team challenging for the title and one battling against relegation must be considered, the PSV man outperformed Raphinha in nearly every department.

Gakpo might have scored just one more goal in the league, albeit in eight appearances fewer, but he contributed 12 assists, while the Leeds star set up just three goals for his teammates.

Furthermore, Gakpo averaged 2.9 dribbles and 2.6 key passes every time he took to the pitch, compared to Raphinha (1.8 and 1.9).

The Netherlands international also had more shots per outing (3 – 2.5), a better passing success rate (77.7 per cent – 69.3 per cent) and completed more accurate crosses (1.6 – 0.9) every match.

Generally, both enjoyed impressive seasons, so if Leeds do end up losing Raphinha, on paper Gakpo looks to be a really adequate replacement.

His lack of Premier League experience is a potential concern but having only won his first Netherlands cap 12 months ago, the wide man is certainly heading in the right direction and should only keep getting better.

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