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Real Madrid target’s manager not ruling out January sale: “Can no longer say no”

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Cody Gakpo has attracted a lot of admirers in recent weeks, including Real Madrid, thanks to his performances for PSV Eindhoven as well as his goal-scoring exploits at the FIFA World Cup with the Netherlands.

The 23-year-old Dutch ace has already contributed to 30 goals for his club this season (13G, 17A) in just 24 matches. He backed it up with three goals in five matches for the Oranje at the World Cup in Qatar.

Gakpo’s displays have put him on the radars of several top clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Recent reports suggested that PSV Eindhoven were expecting an offer from Los Blancos for Gakpo as a possible long-term heir to Karim Benzema.

And now, the Eredivisie outfit’s manager, Ruud van Nistelrooy, has claimed that Gakpo could leave in January even though he would prefer for the forward to stay at the club until the end of the season.

Speaking to Voetbal International (h/t AS), the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker said: “You just know that there comes a time when you can no longer say no. If I can choose, I prefer that he leave in the summer. But he could leave now.”

Given Gakpo’s performances, there is unlikely to be a shortage of suitors for the 23-year-old. Manchester United had shown an interest in him in the summer itself but had shown reluctance to match his €60 million valuation.

There is a feeling that PSV could demand a higher sum, with club director Marcel Brands recently indicating that Gakpo will only be sold for a club-record fee.

With Manchester United likely to make an attempt to sign him again in January, whether Real Madrid are willing to throw their hats into the ring remains to be seen, especially after they splashed a significant sum to secure the future acquisition of Brazilian wonderkid Endrick.

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Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role

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At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.

Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.

While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.

Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.

However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.

Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity

Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.

Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.

And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.

Lunin in the driving seat

Making a big impression. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.

In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.

It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.

As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.

As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.

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