18-year-old Feyenoord prodigy reportedly on Arsenal wishlist

By | October 12, 2019

Arsenal are reportedly keeping a close eye on Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.

The 18-year-old Turkish broke into Feyenoord’s first-team last year and has established himself in the side since manager Jaap Stam took over the reins from his compatriot Giovanni van Bronckhorst as head coach.

The teenager notched up three goals and four assists for his side last season and has twice netted for the Dutch giants this term, against Hapoel Beer Sheva in the UEFA Europa League and versus FC Emmen in the Eredivisie.

According to The Daily Mail, the Gunners are closely monitoring Kokcu along with a number of top clubs from across Europe.

The report states that Feyenoord would consider selling the Dutch-born Turkey U21 international for a sum of around £20 million.

Arsenal are scouring the market for possible midfield reinforcements, with Mesut Ozil reportedly set for the exit door at the club.

Unai Emery has been left unimpressed with Ozil’s displays in training and is ready to cut his losses with the German, the Gunners’ top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week.

Mesut has only made two appearances for the Gunners this campaign and Emery attempted to explain the situation following the side’s win against Standard Liege.

‘When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more,’ the Spaniard said.

‘He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match – and we are going to decide the same.

‘Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth and we want to carry on our same way in each match.’