Leeds: Orta still keen on Gakpo


Leeds United remain interested in a deal to bring Cody Gakpo to Elland Road this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to Ryan Taylor, who revealed in a recent article for The Express that, despite Victor Orta looking set to seal a £22m deal for Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra in the coming days, the Spanish director of football could still pursue a move for a further wide-attacking player this summer.

Taylor goes on to state that one such target could be PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo – the 23-year-old forward with whom Leeds have already been linked with a €40m (£35m) move – as, unlike Sinisterra, the Netherlands international is predominantly right-footed, making him an ideal replacement for the outbound Raphinha.

“Beautiful” duo

Considering just how exciting a talent Sinisterra appears to be – with the 23-year-old scoring 23 goals and providing 14 assists over 49 appearances for Feyenoord last season – should Orta also manage to get a deal over the line for Gakpo this summer, the Spaniard would have undoubtedly formed an incredibly exciting attacking duo in Jesse Marsch’s squad ahead of 2022/23.

Indeed, over his 27 Eredivisie appearances last season, the £27m-rated talent was in breathtaking form, scoring 12 goals, registering 13 assists and creating 11 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 3.0 shots, making 2.6 key passes and completing 2.9 dribbles per game.

These returns saw the £7.4k-per-week forward average a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.51, not only ranking him as Roger Schmidt’s best performer in the division but also as the fourth-best player in the league as a whole.

Furthermore, the player who Josh Bunting dubbed a “beautiful talent” and Wierd Duk labelled an “enormous” prospect also impressed over his combined 15 appearances in Champions League qualifying, the Europa League and the Europa Conference League last time out, scoring seven goals and providing one assist over all three competitions.

As such, the prospect of Gakpo linking up with Sinisterra in LS11 next season will undoubtedly be an incredibly tantalising one for the Elland Road faithful – leading us to believe that Taylor’s latest update on the club’s continued pursuit of the flying Dutchman is sure to have left Leeds supporters buzzing.

AND in other news: Offer made: Orta in Leeds talks for £32m “elite signing”, he’s the “complete package”





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