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Wednesday 23. November 2022 - 12:25

Real Madrid scout Cody Gakpo at the World Cup

La Liga champions Real Madrid have reportedly run the rule over in-demand Dutch forward Cody Gakpo at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Cody Gakpo is gradually becoming a top target for Real Madrid. The reigning La Liga champions scouted the in-demand 23-year-old forward in action for the Netherlands against Senegal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Cody Gakpo has been with PSV Eindhoven for over a decade and a half. And after making gradual progress during this period, his stock has skyrocketed in the last 18 months. The Dutch forward had enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign, but he has taken his career to new heights this season.

The 23-year-old has been one of the most prolific players this term, amassing 16 goals and 18 assists in 30 appearances for club and country. Gakpo’s most recent exploits came for the Netherlands at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as he made the difference in the opening game against Senegal. And Real Madrid had scouts in attendance to watch the player in action.

Gakpo recently emerged on the radar of Real Madrid, and for a good reason. While the in-demand attacker has primarily excelled on the left flank, he can play across the frontline. And with Karim Benzema approaching the end of his glittering career, the versatile Dutch forward is a viable target for Real Madrid.

Alternatively, the 23-year-old can feature on the flanks if the situation demands such a role from him. So Gakpo is an attractive target for Real Madrid, all things considered. And with Los Blancos sending scouts to run the rule over the player at the World Cup, it is clear that he is becoming a top target.

But Real Madrid must be decisive while pursuing the PSV Eindhoven talisman. That is because he is also a target for nearly all high-profile clubs, including bitter rival Barcelona. But Real Madrid might have been impressed enough by Gakpo’s performance to launch the offensive.

However, the 23-year-old in-demand forward will unlikely leave PSV Eindhoven in January. The Dutch giants have already ruled out a winter departure for the versatile attacker. So it will be interesting to see if a summer move sees the light of day for Gakpo and Real Madrid.

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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