PSV’s 23-year-old winger Cody Gakpo is stirring the European market with his scintillating displays in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie. And as it turns out, the youngster, who has already netted 13 times while proving ten assists in 16 official games this season, is not ruling out a transfer in January either.
According to journalist Florian Plettenberg, although the 23-year-old is still being chased by the Premier League side Leeds United, his wish is to make a move to a ‘bigger’ club like Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Among his preferred options are Manchester United, Manchester City and also the German champions Bayern Munich. It is further claimed that the Dutch international moving in January is very much on the table.
As of today, though, there is no agreement in place with any of the mentioned teams, including Leeds United, who are highly interested in his acquisition.
It must be remembered that Gakpo was considered to be a backup option for Manchester United back during the summer transfer window when they were still chasing Antony’s signature.
Once the Brazilian was acquired, United’s interest cooled, but there were other Premier League clubs like Southampton and Everton, who were keen while Leeds are still continuing their efforts to sign him. Arsenal, too, are among the winger’s suitors.
Recent reports indicated that sources close to the situation had claimed Real Madrid had emerged as a possible destination for Gakpo, and it now seems like the winger, too, harbours ambitions of a move to a top club like the reigning champions of Spain and Europe.
Gakpo, who has been terrorising the opposition defences this season, wants to play for a team that could fulfil his ambitions of playing at the highest level.
As for the links to Real, a January moves looks off the table. But a potential swoop next summer could be a possibility as Los Blancos will bid goodbye to Marco Asensio while Eden Hazard’s time at the club could be coming to an end as well.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.