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Manchester United agreed personal terms with the representatives of Cody Gakpo but Anthony Elanga played a task within the deal failing to materialise, in line with reports. The PSV Eindhoven star was wanting to move to Old Trafford back in the summertime transfer window. Nonetheless, he ended up staying within the Eredivisie as a substitute – despite also being linked with the likes of Leeds and Southampton.

Manchester United were heavily linked with Gakpo towards the tip of the summer transfer window, at a time where Erik ten Hag was trying to bolster his attack.

And, in line with The Athletic, the Red Devils agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old’s representatives.

Nonetheless, several aspects prevented a deal for the Netherlands international being struck ultimately.

One was that United were at all times prioritising Antony and, being aware it might take an enormous bid to land the player from Ajax, the budget didn’t stretch to 2 attacking arrivals.

The Red Devils forked out an enormous £84.5million to land the Brazil international, who then proceeded to attain against Arsenal on his debut in a fantastic 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

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Whether the Red Devils decide to reignite interest in Gakpo further down the road stays to be seen, especially given how well-stocked they’re for attackers.

However the Netherlands international has been in fantastic form for PSV this season scoring seven goals and clocking up three assists from just seven Eredivisie matches.

That features a hat-trick he managed in a 7-1 hammering of FC Volendam at the tip of August.

And Gakpo has scored on each of his last two appearances, against FC Bodoe/Glimt and RKC Waalwijk.

The PSV star said at the tip of August that he wasn’t overly disillusioned that United withdrew their interest in him after with the ability to land Antony as a substitute.

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Speaking on the time, he said: “Until last week I believed I might go to Manchester United.

“Within the last week I looked in any respect options. In the long run PSV got here up with a very good offer and that turned out to be the suitable selection for me.

“Manchester United had reported at the start of the transfer window. We were waiting for that a bit.

“The signals became increasingly more positive and at a certain point I believed it would fall in that direction.

“That option faded a bit and completely last week. “We worked the entire window towards it.”

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Former United star Paul Parker, meanwhile, thinks Elanga has picked up ‘bad habits’ on the club.

“Elanga has picked up bad habits. Desires to fall over, desires to contest all the things with the referee.” he said.

“He needs a period away from playing.

“Possibly going out on loan and understanding what life is like away from Manchester United might wake him up as a young player to where he’s.”

Elanga could feature when United lock horns with Sheriff FC within the Europa League tonight (5.45pm).

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