Familiar Rangers Champions League foe and PSV winger Cody Gakpo has earned an £80m price tag for his stellar showings with Netherlands in the World Cup.

The pacey attacker, 23, is one of the hottest properties in Europe and came up against Rangers with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League Playoffs earlier in the season.

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The Gers got the best of the attacker and his teammates on the day – amid extensive exit links to the likes of Leeds United and Man United – but that lack of Champions League football has done little to dampen interest in Gakpo’s services.

In fact, the World Cup is proving an almighty platform for Cody Gakpo who continues to impress with an improving Netherlands side who’re many people’s dark horses to lift a first ever World Cup.

The winger scored in every single group game at the tournament – meaning he’s tied with five others on three goals in the top scorer stakes – and impressed once again as the Netherlands defeated the USA in the round of 16.

A massive test lies in store for Louis van Gaal’s side this weekend, with a clash against Argentina and Lionel Messi on the horizon, but if the Dutch are to do something expect Cody Gakpo to be central to it.

The attacker continues to be linked to the top sides with Premier League Arsenal the latest name to be mentioned.

Rangers geo Cody Gakpo at centre of £80m transfer discussion

According to ex-England international Joe Cole, any suitor for Gakpo in the weeks and months ahead can expect to pay £80m given his ever-increasing potency for the Netherlands.

Cole was discussing the value of Gakpo with the likes of ex-Man City and Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong.

“He [Gakpo] would’ve gone into this tournament at the top of all the databases of all the top clubs,” said Cole [ITV live coverage Netherlands v USA].

“I know there’s been scouts watching him. He’s come to the tournament, he’s fearless, great movement for the goal, fantastic finishing, he’s going to be high on everybody’s wish list.

“I would [pay £80million for Gakpo], 100% because he’s young.

“We know there’s a value on youth because you’re buying in, if it don’t quite work out you’re gonna cut your losses elsewhere but he looks like the real deal. I know it’s Qatar, I know it’s not one of the stronger nations.

“Ecuador he scored, Senegal he scored, he affects the game, and players that affect the game that’s where the value is. I really like him, I liked what I’ve seen of him at PSV and I’m sure there will be some offers on the door at PSV in January.”

Rangers fans will remember the role of Cody Gakpo in the club’s qualification for the Champions League, with the attacker missing a gilt edged chance in the Dutch leg of the playoff, which the Gers won 1-0.

The Ibrox club also managed to keep the winger from scoring in the 2-2 draw at Ibrox and it’s been interesting to see quite how far Gakpo has come this season as the Netherlands eye World Cup glory.

Meanwhile, there are conflicting transfer reports surrounding an international Rangers player.

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