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Arsenal-linked 19-year-old deemed ‘one of the best’ in his country addresses transfer speculation

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Arsenal-linked 19-year-old deemed ‘one of the best’ in his country addresses transfer speculation

Reported Arsenal target Orkun Kokcu has addressed speculation on his future, in conversation with Dutch outlet Rijnmond.

According to a Voetbal International report from early June, the Gunners have been considering a move for the Feyenoord man “for a long time”.

Feyenoord technical director Frank Arnesen is said to be open to selling the 19-year-old in order to raise funds for new signings.

Kokcu – described by Netherlands legend Jaap Stam as “one of the best midfield players in the country” – is believed to have a £23million price tag.

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Arteta, meanwhile, has reportedly been aware of Kokcu since his time under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and is happy for the Gunners to be moving for him.

Speaking to Rijnmond, the former Netherlands youth international and Turkey Under-21 ace said: “When the moment arrives and I feel good about it, we will see.

“I want to make the best of it next season and want to be as fit as possible when the competition starts again. For now I’m only working with Feyenoord. I have a contract until 2023, so I’m not in a hurry.”


On the interest from Arsenal and Sevilla, Kokcu added: “It doesn’t really matter to me, frankly. My father and my agent are busy with that. I try to isolate myself from that. That works fine. Fortunately, I am a footballer and not an agent.”

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Kokcu has already made 47 senior appearances for the Rotterdam club, scoring seven goals and registering 10 assists in all competition.

The teenager played 35 times in the 2019-20 season, scoring three goals and claiming six assists, and has been turning plenty of heads in the Eredivisie and beyond.

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, has an eye for goal, is a superb dribbler and is able to dictate the tempo and pull the string as any top playmaker should.

All in all, he seems just the kind of addition Arsenal could work with and help progress further – but the ball is very much in Feyenoord’s court.

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