Arsenal are set to submit a bid to secure the services of Feyenoord midfield star Orkun Kokcu, according to the reports.
The 21-year-old, who has managed to found back of the net three times and registered six assists in 35 games this campaign, has been hailed as one of the best young players in the Eredivisie. According to Voetbal International, Dutch giants Feyenoord’s technical director Frank Arnesen is open to make a transfer for Kokcu to raise the budget for new signings.
The report suggests that the Gunners have been playing a move for Kokcu ‘for a long time’ and are now expected to make an offer ‘within a few weeks’. It’s also reported that Mikel Arteta is supporting the Gunners push to secure the services of Kokcu as he has been aware of the playmaker since his time under Pep Guardiola team at Etihad Stadium.
The report also suggests that Arteta views Feyenoord ace as a player who fits in with his ‘philosophy’. but, the Gunners are set to face stiff competition from La Liga giants, Sevilla for the midfielder.
Monchi, Sevilla’s director of football, has already travelled to the Netherlands to hold talks with the representatives of the player. Feyenoord had been open to rewarding 21-year-old midfielder with a new deal, however, the Dutch club are unwilling to meet the midfielder’s demands.
Jaap Stam managed Kokcu at Feyenoord and believes the playmaker, who is valued at around £23 million, has the ability to shine at the Gunners if given enough time to adapt.
‘He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,’ the former Manchester United defender said in an interview with Goal.
“But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better. He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough.
‘When I joined Feyenoord, he hadn’t played a lot because everyone said he was too young. I put him in the first team and let him play most of the games, I trusted him and saw a lot of ability in him. Now he’s proving himself in Holland and is one of the best midfield players in the country.
‘He’s certainly got the ability to make that step to the Premier League.’