Man Utd Reach ‘Agreement In Principle’ With Ronaldo Replacement Ahead Of January Window

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after the match.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s untimely departure from Man Utd has seen the club jump into the transfer market during the World Cup.

The Red Devils terminated the final six months of Ronaldo’s deal following his interview with Piers Morgan. There was no way back for the 37-year-old in Erik ten Hag’s squad after he claimed that he has no respect for the manager.

Now that Ronaldo is a free agent, he’s reportedly attracting interest from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.

United, meanwhile, are searching for his replacement. And it appears their search for a new forward is at an advanced stage.

According to Football Insider (via the Manchester Evening News), United have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with Cody Gakpo.

The PSV talisman held talks with the United boss in the summer and is understood to be among the leading candidates to fill Ronaldo’s void in the January transfer window.

His impressive start in the World Cup in Qatar, where the 23-year-old has scored two goals in the Netherlands’ first two games, will only strengthen United’s interest.

However, it is added that the Premier League giants still need to work on finding an agreement with PSV.

The Dutch outfit, who are level on points with Ajax, are expected to be reluctant to let their star man leave mid-season as they aim to win their first Eredivisie title since 2018 under new coach Ruud van Nistelrooy.