Arsenal have reportedly stepped up interest in playmaker Orkun Kokcu from Dutch top-flight club Feyenoord.
The Daily Mail reported at the beginning of February that the Gunners were interested in the attacking midfielder and had been scouting him for 18 months.
But the Daily Mail now claims that Mikel Arteta’s side have opened talks about the 19-year-old and want to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
It is understood that the North London outfit are involved in initial discussions about a £23million swoop and Feyenoord may not have the financial power to keep hold of their prized asset.
The report explains that he’s being tipped to be a young breakout star this summer with Turkey at the European Championships.
Arsenal’s technical director Edu has already targeted the teenager and views him as a “priority signing” for next season.
Kokcu has only represented Turkey on the international stage with the Under-21s so far, but is viewed as a real star in the making and he’s building his reputation at club level.
He’s a creative midfielder that likes to play in a more advanced number 10 role and has been a mainstay in the Feyenoord team this season.
The playmaker has played 33 games across all competitions so far this campaign, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
It would be a big jump up if he were to join Arsenal next year, but he does have experience on the Europa League stage and is impressing in the Eredivisie too.