Former Netherlands striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has told Studio Voetbal (March 8th; 10:25pm) that Arsenal would be overspending if they paid £23 million for Feyenoord playmaker Orkun Kokcu.
The ex-Celtic and Nottingham Forest star believes he is yet to prove he is worth such an amount.
Kokcu has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium by the Daily Mail and Arteta could look to add ball-playing midfielders to his ranks in the summer.
The 19-year-old has played 35 games this season in all competitions, scoring three goals and registering six assists.
Van Hooijdonk, however, believes signing him would represent a risk on Arsenal’s part.
He told Studio Voetbal (March 8th; 10:25pm): “Of course, it is a lot of money for a ‘potential purchase’. With all due respect, everyone sees that he is a talent, but he has not played 34 games in the Feyenoord first-team.
“His quality is, among other things, his scoring ability, but we have that too little this season. He can become a very good player but I don’t think he’s worth £23 million yet.
“I think it would be a shame to see such a player go to Arsenal as he hasn’t even had one super season yet.”
If Arsenal were to miss out on the Champions League they won’t have a deal to spend, unless of course, they offload any star players.
That could see Arteta take the plunge and sign Kokcu anyway, viewing him as a player with massive potential to nurture.
The Spaniard has revived the fortunes of some player in his squad and he might fancy being the man to bring the best out of the Turkish sensation.
Sometimes a price can’t be put on raw potential and if Arsenal’s scouts feel the player can achieve something special in the game, they’d be well within their right to pursue his signature.
If Kokcu does have a ‘super season’ as Van Hooijdonk puts it, his price could soar and that might leave Arsenal rueing their decision not to act.
At £23 million he is relatively low risk and it would be no surprise to see the Gunners land him in the summer.