Manchester United defender Tyrell Malacia believes that Red Devils transfer target Cody Gakpo is ready to star at Old Trafford, should he sign for the club.
Gakpo has been in impressive form this season for PSV, scoring nine goals and providing 14 assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances.
He is the joint-second top scorer at the tournament, alongside seven other players. Kylian Mbappe leads the way with five goals.
Gakpo has been linked heavily with a move to United in January, with Italian journalist Rudy Galetti claiming last month that a deal was close to being finalised.
However, PSV chief executive Marcel Brands told ESPN NL (via Tribal Football) that, while United had submitted a bid, it did not meet the selling club's valuation.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch told the Men in Blazers podcast that the Whites also came close to signing Gakpo in the summer, but the player was now out of the club's price range. Fabrizio Romano has claimed a fee of £43m could be enough to convince PSV to sell.
It appears likely that it will be United who swoop back in for the player in January - and one of his potential future team-mates has backed him to be a success.
Malacia on Cody Gakpo
Malacia is currently at the World Cup alongside Gakpo in the Netherlands squad, although is yet to make an appearance in Qatar for Louis van Gaal's side.
Speaking to The Athletic, Malacia said: "He's good enough for the top, there's no doubt."
He said: "Are Manchester United and Real Madrid the same level at this moment? No disrespect, not at all.
"I think he definitely has a next step in him. I definitely feel like it could happen. Whether it happens in the winter or next year, time will tell."
Gakpo will have to choose his next step wisely - but given his form at club and international level, he looks likely to be able to make that step.
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