Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to seal a deal for highly-rated Feyenoord prodigy Orkun Kokcu, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Gunners face a tricky summer as Mikel Arteta seeks to stamp his mark on the team and bolster their ranks, but on a limited budget in wake of current events.
The report claims that one of the Spaniard’s main objectives this season is to source a replacement for Mesut Ozil and Kokcu has been identified as his first choice.
Kokcu has already made 47 senior appearances for the Rotterdam club, scoring seven goals and registering 10 assists in all competition.
The 19-year-old 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.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are “close” to a deal, though it mentions that Chelsea, Sevilla, Valencia and Real Betis are also in the running.
Arteta is reportedly willing to spend between 20million and 30 million Euro (between £18million and £27million) to acquire Kokcu’s services.
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 string as any top playmaker should.
In addition, Kokcu also has an eye for goal, finishing as Feyenoord Under-19s top goalscorer in 2017-18 (Football Oranje).
With plenty of reported interest from some top European sides, Arsenal have done well to scout him and would be getting their hands on a great Ozil successor should they pull it off.