Manchester United boss Eric ten Haag held talks with the PSV winger over the summer
Gakpo has been heavily linked with Old Trafford, but Anthony’s arrival from Ajax of £86m ended his hopes of joining Ten Hag.
The 23-year-old revealed how close he was to a move to United, and that he had the opportunity to join two other Premier League teams as well.
“I was about to leave, I talked to Eric ten Hag a few times at Manchester United,” Jacobo told The Times.
In the end the deal was not done, and it was a shame for me and my development, and because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but also for Eindhoven, because moving a player to Manchester United is a good thing for the club.
It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window and that week I had to decide whether to go to Leeds or Southampton. in the end it remained, but it was a difficult time “.
Gakpo attracted United interest after a remarkable season where he scored 21 goals in 47 appearances for PSV.
The Dutch international started his new campaign excitingly, scoring 13 goals and creating 11 assists already after 18 games.
Asked whether it was difficult to regain focus after the failure of Manchester’s transfer, Jacbaugh said: “I always said if I stayed here, this is my childhood club. It is not a punishment “.
“I like to be here. I want to win trophies here and do my best for the club.
“But if I had the opportunity to go to the Premier League or something, of course I would consider that option. At the time it was a hectic situation for me, but I recovered very quickly.
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