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Report: Arsenal to move for £23m teenager deemed ‘one of the best’ in his league

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Report: Arsenal to move for £23m teenager deemed ‘one of the best’ in his league

Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu, according to Voetbal International.

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.

According to the Dutch outlet, Arsenal have been considering a move for Kokcu “for a long time” and are now expected to make an offer “within a few weeks”.

Feyenoord technical director Frank Arnesen is said to be open to selling the 19-year-old in order to raise funds for new signings.

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Arteta, meanwhile, has reportedly been aware of Kokcu since his time under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and is happy for the Gunners to be moving for him.

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.

 

Voetbal International recently claimed that Kokcu – described by Jaap Stam as “one of the best midfield players in the country” – has a £23million price tag.

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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.

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).

All in all, he seems just the kind of addition Arsenal could work with and help progress further – Mesut Ozil’s successor perhaps?

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