ARSENAL are reportedly in talks over a summer move for highly-rated Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.
With many tipping the 19-year-old as a breakout star during Turkey’s upcoming Euro 2020 campaign, the Gunners are looking to jump in before a bidding war can escalate.
According to Daily Mail, initial enquiries have been made by Arsenal with the player rated at £23million.
A serious bid would reportedly entice Feyenoord to consider a sale, with the Dutch club lacking the financial clout to hold off a top continental rival.
Arsenal have long been linked with the Dutch-born teenager and are thought to have been scouting Kokcu for well over a year.
In that time, the midfielder has broken into Feyenoord’s Eredivisie squad and has made 33 appearances this season, scoring three and assisting six goals.
Last April, the Rotterdam club tied him down to a new contract that expires in 2023 and they are reportedly keen to seal another renewal.
Kokcu has featured in central areas in both a 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 setup this season, pushing into an advanced position in the latter formation.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta deploys a similar system but has been unable to settle on a first-choice midfield.
Mesut Ozil and Joe Willock have most often occupied the attacking slot during the Spaniard’s tenure but neither has found consistent form.
There remains some speculation over whether the German will still be at Emirates Stadium next season.
While Ozil’s agent says he is determined to see out his contract, which expires in 2021, he is still a wanted man at Turkish club Fenerbahce.