Arsenal transfer target Cody Gakpo drops hint on his next club

Cody Gakpo has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer

Cody Gakpo has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal transfer target Cody Gakpo has revealed he grew up idolizing Thierry Henry as a youngster and is dreaming of a move to the Premier League.

The PSV Eindhoven winger is one of Europe’s most highly-rated youngsters and has enjoyed a stellar season, scoring 17 goals and registering 15 assists.

Arsenal are in the market for a new forward following their decision to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave during the January transfer window, while doubts remain over the futures of soon to be out of contract starts Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette.

Cody Gakpo credits Ruud van Nistelrooy with playing a huge role in his development

Cody Gakpo credits Ruud van Nistelrooy with playing a huge role in his development (Picture: Getty)

Gakpo, 22, signed a contract extension in January but PSV are still said to be open to the prospect of cashing in on a player who is valued at just over £40million.

Arsenal’s hopes of securing a top four finish suffered a major setback on Monday when they were hammered 3-0 by Crystal Palace, and have been warned that Champions League football will be a crucial factor when Gakpo ultimately makes a decision on his future.

He told The Sun: ‘I try to stay focused on what I am doing now and finishing the season really well, then after that I can focus on something else.

‘If I can make a step to a team who plays in the Champions League every season, of course it is my dream. But I still have a contract and there is a new coach coming in — but maybe there comes a club I cannot say no to.

Cody Gakpo grew up idolizing Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty)

‘Maybe they won’t come and I have to stay but for now I just want to keep working on this season.’

On the prospect of moving to England, he added: ‘The Premier League is a big league. Virgil van Dijk plays there with Liverpool so I like to watch them.

‘We are not the same kind of league but I think we try to look at the Prem and learn about it. Everybody wants to play one time in the Prem. I don’t favor one team but I like Arsenal a lot.

‘I looked up to Henry when I was younger because he was a tall guy who played on the wing.’

Gakpo, meanwhile, credits former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy with playing a huge role in his development.

‘Van Nistelrooy was my striker trainer in the academy,’ Gakpo revealed. ‘I have learned a lot from him and I look up to him. He’s spoken to me about how to finish in certain situations and it helped me a lot.

‘I have learned a lot from him and I look up to him. He’s spoken to me about how to finish in certain situations and it helped me a lot.

‘He told me some tricks on shooting and keeping my options open. Shoot low and hard, not beautiful and high. A goal is a goal, you know. I am grateful he did.’

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