Leeds: £27m forward would be 'massive statement from Elland Road hierarchy'

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Leeds delivering Jesse Marsch the signing of Cody Gakpo would be a “real statement of intent”, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The American boss is in the process of searching for a Raphinha replacement – with the Brazilian set to leave Elland Road – and the PSV Eindhoven winger has been identified as a potential acquisition.

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According to the Guardian, Chelsea are close to sealing a £55m deal for Raphinha, although Barcelona are also in the race for his signature, with the Nou Camp his number one destination.

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Regardless, the wide man is expected to leave in some capacity, meaning Leeds will need to replace the 11 goals he scored in the Premier League last season.

According to Dutch outlet Dagblad, the Yorkshire giants are keen on bringing Gakpo to English football as they prepare for life after Raphinha.

The report states that Leeds are currently leading the race for the 23-year-old and while PSV don’t want to sell the flying winger, they would be willing to listen to offers of around £34m for their ace.

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Meanwhile, Marsch’s side are prepared to invest much of the Raphinha money on Gakpo, in what O’Rourke believes would be a huge show of faith from chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

What did O’Rourke say about Gakpo?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “If Leeds were able to get him from PSV Eindhoven, it would be a real statement of intent from the Leeds hierarchy that they are in there mixing with the biggest clubs to sign the best talent around.”

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Why do Leeds want Gakpo?

With Jack Harrison (10) the only other player besides Raphinha to score more than six last season, Leeds desperately need to replace his goals.

Raphinha almost single-handedly spearheaded the club’s attack, with his heroics going some way to keeping the club in the top-flight.

Therefore, Leeds need to sign someone with a proven goalscoring record in the top level, and Gakpo could prove exactly that man.

He might have no Premier League experience, but he’s scored 40 goals across the last three seasons, which has taken his overall tally with PSV to 42, while the winger also contributed an impressive 27 assists during that period.

If the £27m-rated forward signs for Leeds and replicates similar form, with Brenden Aaronson already through the door, Marsch could be building something special.

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