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Report: £24m player seemingly on course for Arsenal move now wanted by London rivals

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Report: £24m player seemingly on course for Arsenal move now wanted by London rivals

A player reportedly sought after by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and seemingly on course for a Gunners summer move is now being sought after by Chelsea, according to Voetbal International.

Spanish outlet La Razon previously claimed that Arsenal were willing to make a €26.5million (around £24million) bid for highly-rated Feyenoord prodigy Orkun Kokcu.

The Gunners face a tricky summer as Arteta seeks to stamp his mark on the team and bolster their ranks, but with the prospect of no European football and the money it brings – not to mention the difficulties posed by the suspension of football brought about by global health crisis.

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Nonetheless, Arsenal are believed to be looking at a player who has already made 47 appearances for Feyenoord’s senior side despite his 19 years of age.

Kokcu has made 35 appearances for the Rotterdam side this season alone, scoring three goals and claiming six assists, and is turning plenty of heads in the Eredivisie and beyond.

Turkish outlet Skor recently claimed that Arsenal will directly battle Sevilla for the signing of Kokcu in the summer, while the prior report from La Razon believed that the £24million bid Arsenal were planning would be too much for the Spaniards to match.

However, Voetbal International has now claimed that Chelsea are also keen as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his midfield during the summer transfer window.

 

In addition, the Dutch outlet claims that Feyenoord have reportedly tried to tie down the Turkey Under-21 international with a new long-term contract, but he snubbed their offer, suggesting he may be open to a move.

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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.

In addition, Kokcu also has an eye for goal, finishing as Feyenoord Under-19s top goalscorer in 2017-18 (Football Oranje).

Arsenal previously looked to be in pole position for Kokcu’s services, with only Sevilla standing in their way and reportedly not being able to match the Gunners’ offer.

But with Chelsea now said to be keeping tabs on the teenage prodigy, things may have just got that bit more complicated for the Emirates Stadium side.

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