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Report: Arsenal preparing £24.3m bid for dazzling midfield prodigy

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Report: Arsenal preparing £24.3m bid for dazzling midfield prodigy

Arsenal are reportedly looking to make a move for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu and are willing to make a €26.5million (£24.3million) bid, according to Spanish outlet La Razon.

The Gunners face a tricky summer as Mikel Arteta seeks to stamp his mark on the team and bolster their ranks, but with the potential prospect of no European football and the monies it brings.

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.

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Kokcu has played 35 times this season, scoring three goals and claiming six assists, and is turning plenty of heads in the Eredivisie and beyond.

A report in the Daily Mail from earlier this month claimed that Arsenal in talks and hoping to seal a deal before Euro 2020, where he was tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament.

With the tournament pushed back to 2021, this is no longer such a worry, but the Gunners would still have to contend with other potential suitors.

However, La Razon claims that the £24.3million bid would be too much for Sevilla, one of the reported suitors, to match.

 

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One of the few positives this season for Arsenal is the emergency of some young stars such as Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, and Kokcu certainly seems to have the talent to fit into the first team right away.

A skilful, technically gifted midfielder, the Turkey Under-21 international 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).

With Mesut Ozil out of contract in the summer of 2021, has Kokcu been earmarked as his successor at the Emirates Stadium?

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