Arsenal are set to submit an offer to sign Eredivisie side Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu, according to the latest reports in the Netherlands.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has scored three goals and grabbed six assists in 35 appearances this season, has been hailed as one of the best young midfielders in the league.
According to Voetbal International, Feyenoord’s chief Frank Arnesen is open to selling Orkun in order to raise the budget for new players.
The report claims that the Gunners have been considering a move for him ‘for a long time’ and are now expected to make a bid ‘within a few weeks’.
It’s also claimed that Mikel Arteta is supporting his side’s push to sign Kokcu as he has been aware of the player since his time under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The report also claims that Mikel views Kokcu as a player who fits in with his ‘philosophy’. However, the Gunners are set to face strong competition from Sevilla for the star.
Monchi, Sevilla’s director of football, has already travelled to the Netherlands to hold discussions with Kokcu’s representatives.
Feyenoord had been open to rewarding Orkun with a new contract but the Dutch club are reluctant to meet the midfielder’s demands.
Jaap Stam managed Orkun during their time together at the club and believes the midfielder, who is rated at around £23 million, has the ability to shine at the Emirates Stadium, if given enough time to adapt.
‘He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,’ the ex-Manchester United player said in an interview with Goal.
“But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better. He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough.’