Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing Feyenoord’s Orkun Kokcu this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Kokcu is a 19-year-old attacking midfielder, also capable of performing well in deeper roles, on both sides if necessary, though he prefers playing through the middle. He joined Feyenoord’s youth setup back in 2014, and was promoted to the first team four years later. This season he has racked up a total of 34 appearances so far (started almost all), scoring three times and laying on six assists. He is also a Turkey U-21 international, and is being considered by Everton as well. Kokcu has apparently been putting in impressive performances as his team fight to stay close to Ajax and AZ Alkmaar at the top of the table.
Feyenoord are, meanwhile, aware of the interest from the two Premier League clubs and from elsewhere, but they’re very keen on keeping him in their ranks. To that end, they’ve started talks with the player about the possibility of a new contract, despite the current one putting the Eredivisie club in a strong position as it doesn’t expire before the summer of 2023.
Sooner or later, one way or another, Mesut Ozil will soon need to be replaced. The German is 31 and will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer, and it’s probably not very likely he’ll be offered a new one; not under the current terms anyway. At the moment, the likeliest candidate to step in to the breach seems to be Joe Willock, and while he boasts considerable talent, it’s good to know that the scouting department is doing its job and that the club and manager Mikel Arteta are exploring multiple options.
But not looking too far ahead, Arsenal face West Ham United on Saturday at the Emirates, and they can be backed at 4/7 to send the Hammers home empty-handed.