PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo has confirmed he was "close" to joining Manchester United in the summer after speaking with Erik ten Hag.
The 23-year-old was on the radar of several Premier League clubs over the summer and was looking to leave Eindhoven after scoring 21 goals in all competitions last season.
United were believed to be favorites to sign Gakpo had Antony's deal not gone through. Because at times it looked like the Brazilian winger would have to stay at Ajax.
But after United agreed to spend €100m on Antony, Gakpo's move to the 13-time Premier League winners has been shelved for the time being.
"I was about to switch, I spoke to Erik ten Hag from Manchester United a couple of times," said Gakpo. "It was a shame for me and my development, but also for PSV because the transfer of a player to Manchester United is a good thing for the club."
"It ended about a week before the end of the transfer window. That week I had to decide whether to move to Leeds or Southampton. I ended up staying but it was a stressful time."
Gakpo's chances of a Premier League move have increased further after a fantastic start to the season. He has scored 14 goals in 20 games for Eindhoven under Ruud van Nistelrooy and if the opportunity for a change arises again he will take it.
"I've always said if I stay here... it's my childhood club. It's not a punishment," Gakpo said. "I love being here, I want to win trophies here and do my best for the club. But if I were given a chance to go to the Premier League, obviously I would consider it. It was hectic for me at the time, but I I recovered pretty quickly."
This article was originally published on 90min.com as Cody Gakpo on his failed Man United move.