Netherlands and PSV forward Cody Gakpo will “think about” a move to Manchester United should the Premier League side come calling again.
Gakpo has been one of the stars of the 2022 World Cup so far and is reportedly a January transfer target for United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich among others.
The 23-year-old became only the second player in the competition’s history, after Italy’s Alessandro Altobelli in 1986, to open the scoring three times in the same group stage.
He fired a blank in the 3-1 win over the United States in the last 16, but the in-form attacker still boasts a return of 17 goals and eight assists in 30 games this season.
United are reputed to be the frontrunners to sign Gakpo, having already reached out in the past window, and he will consider any fresh interest in the coming weeks.
Asked about missing out on a move to the Premier League earlier this year, coinciding with PSV failing to qualify for the Champions League, Gakpo said: “That was tough.
“I’ve learned a lot from that. Next time I’ll do it differently. I thought about Manchester United before, but when that didn’t happen I didn’t know anymore and started to doubt.
“Then Leeds United came and I wondered if I should go there. Now I’ll wait for everything. I haven’t heard from Manchester United yet, but when they come, I’ll think about it.”
Gakpo’s goals and all-round attacking play have helped the Netherlands through to the quarter-finals in Qatar, where Argentina await in a mouth-watering tie on Friday.
The Oranje have lost just one of their nine meetings with Argentina, though the most recent of their four draws resulted in a penalty shoot-out loss in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
Argentina have found their groove with wins over Mexico, Poland and Australia since suffering a shock opening loss to Saudi Arabia, with Lionel Messi playing a starring role.
“We shouldn’t think only about him,” Gakpo added in the interview with Dutch outlet NRC. “We need to win and it doesn’t matter who we are facing.
“Argentina are here for one reason and so are we. We are aware we have to play better than them, and we can do that.
“But in a tournament like this, all that counts is the result. We have to find the right moments on the field to use each other’s strengths.”