Cody Gakpo has been a revelation for the Netherlands in this year’s World Cup, and the PSV Eindhoven attacker is sure to pique the interest of clubs all over Europe.

Former Chelsea manager Glen Johnson has advised the club to sign Cody Gakpo this summer. The Dutch international has had a strong World Cup thus far, and he will face Argentina in the competition’s quarterfinals on Friday night.

Gakpo has appeared in all four of Holland’s matches this tournament, scoring three times. The 23-year-old was a hot property before the World Cup began, but his stock has continued to rise throughout Europe, with Real Madrid and Arsenal reportedly interested in signing him.

Chelsea will have a busy next couple of transfer windows as head coach Graham Potter and co-owner Todd Boehly look to make an impression on the squad. A January move appears to be unrealistic, but former right-back Johnson has urged the Blues to consider making an attempt when the season ends.

In an interview with FairBettingSites, Johnson stated: “Cody Gakpo has piqued my interest at the World Cup. It’s not easy to score at this level, and he looks the real deal with the way he reads the game, plays, and moves.

“Chelsea requires Gakpo more than Liverpool. Chelsea has always had fantastic wingers, but they never scored goals; you can’t score goals if you don’t get in those positions.

Despite being on World Cup duty with the Netherlands, Gakpo is unsure where he will play football in the future. However, the Dutchman repeatedly expresses his desire to focus on the ongoing competition before making any final decisions about his future.

“Right now, I’m busy with the Dutch team,” Gakpo said at the end of last month. “I’ll see what happens in the winter.” In football, anything is possible.

“I’m now concentrating on the World Cup.” It’s always nice to hear, but all I can do is focus here and do my best. Rumors don’t bother me.

“But it’s a team sport; it’s not just about one person.” It should be about the team, in my opinion. People do nice things.

Chelsea’s priority in the coming transfer windows, however, will be to strengthen their midfield. With Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s futures uncertain, the club is looking to sign at least two new central midfielders.

Meanwhile, Footballer Edson Alvarez is still a target for Chelsea.

London was recently informed. The Blues failed with a £43 million bid for the Mexican near the end of the summer transfer window, as Ajax were desperate to keep him.

Chelsea’s top priority, however, is Declan Rice. A January move appears unlikely, but there is a theory that West Ham United will be more willing to sell Rice after the season because of his contract situation and his unwillingness to extend his stay in east London.

Rice, of course, spent time in Chelsea’s academy before being released as a teenager. He grew up alongside Blues and England star Mason Mount, with whom he is very close. Johnson, on the other hand, has warned Rice not to return to west London simply because of his friendship with Mount.

“A move for Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice has been on the cards for a long time,” the former Chelsea and England defender added. “You’d think they’d both get a big move soon.”

“Rice and Bellingham will have plenty of options. Both would benefit Liverpool and Chelsea, and they would bite their arm off to get both players.

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“I can see Rice going to Chelsea, but I’m not sure about Mason.”

Chelsea has been in talks with Mount about signing a new and improved contract at Stamford Bridge, but those talks have been put on hold while he is on England duty. Despite Mount’s desire for assurances about his long-term position, there is a general feeling around the club that a positive outcome is possible.

When asked about the situation, the 23-year-old recently addressed it. He insisted that he would not be distracted by off-field developments, or lack thereof, while representing the Three Lions.

“I’ve always been focused on my football since I was in the academy,” said the Cobham graduate last month. “I know there is a lot more media attention on me, but I don’t pay attention to it. I turn it off.”

Source: Football.London

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