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£23m man Arsenal reportedly saw as Ozil replacement last year is now open to move

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£23m man Arsenal reportedly saw as Ozil replacement last year is now open to move

Arsenal were reportedly interested in Orkun Kokcu last year as a potential replacement for Mesut Ozil.

Now, the Feyenoord midfielder has admitted that, due to financial issues at his club, he’s now open to a move away.

Sky Sports claimed last year that Kokcu was on Arsenal’s radar with a view to a move in summer 2020, while Everton were also linked with the talented 20-year-old.

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Despite his young age, Kokcu has already made 68 senior appearances for the Eredivisie club, registering nine goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

Feyenoord managed to tie the midfielder down to a new five-year contract last year, but with the club’s finances not at their healthiest, he’s now open to a move away.

“I still have a contract until 2025, but the situation has changed,” Kokcu told Voetbal International.

“Feyenoord have been very open about the financial situation, and it is clear that the club is ending up in the minus.

 

“If a club comes to me with a good story and Feyenoord can make money from it, I can imagine that I will listen to it.”

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A skilful, technically gifted midfielder, Kokcu has been deployed as a number 10, as a box-to-box midfielder and even as a defensive midfielder.

He boasts great vision, is a superb dribbler and is able to dictate the tempo and pull the strings in midfield as any top playmaker should.

MD claimed last year that Arsenal were eyeing Kokcu as a potential replacement for Mesut Ozil, while the Evening Standard claimed the Gunners were planning a £23million bid.

Obviously things have changed a bit since then, but given Martin Odegaard is only on loan at Arsenal, could there be a need for a new playmaker come the summer?

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