£40m star told snubbing Arsenal or Spurs move ‘would be heroic’ decision


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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal want Cody Gakpo but winger will make himself a PSV Eindhoven hero if he turns down the Premier League giants, former Eredivisie ace Kenneth Perez tells Voetbal Primeur. 

In the summer of 2015, Memphis Depay and Gini Wijnaldum rode off into the sunset, departing the Phillips Stadium with Eredivisie winners medals hanging around their necks. 

After Erin Ten Hag’s Ajax retained their title on Wednesday night, storming over the line with a 5-0 thumping of Heerenveen, Gakpo now has no choice but to commit his immediate future to PSV if he wants to emulate Depay and Wijnaldum at the 1988 treble-winners. 

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“If Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur offer what they can offer, then Gakpo would be very heroic to say: ‘No, I’m staying with PSV to win the league title’,” Perez explains. 

Whether Gakpo is willing to spend another year in the relatively small pond that is the Dutch top-flight – with Arsenal, Spurs and many more offering him the chance to swim in warmer waters – remains to be seen. 

According to the Express, Tottenham believe that they can win the race for the explosive, 23-year-old Netherlands international. Arsenal appear to be in pole position, however, after entering talks with Gakpo’s camp in April, via the Daily Mail. 

Tottenham and Arsenal want Cody Gakpo

“He has presented himself fantastically in recent weeks,” Perez adds, pointing to Gakpo’s inspired winning goal in the KNVB Cup Final victory over Ajax.  

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“In the cup final, against Feyenoord; In those matches, players are judged by foreign clubs.” 

Some have suggested that Gakpo, who has also been linked with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool, could follow outgoing PSV coach Roger Schmidt to Benfica. 

The Portuguese giants have agreed a deal that will see Schmidt take over at the Estadio da Luz this summer. 

“Gakpo is far too good for Benfica,” Perez says. “The Portuguese competition is about the same level as the Eredivisie. He has to go to the big four (the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga or Serie A).” 

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