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Arsenal have been monitoring 21yo midfielder for a long time

Arsenal have been monitoring 21yo midfielder for a long time

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Orkun Kokcu of Feyenoord in action during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Feyenoord and Rangers FC at De Kuip on November 28, 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Orkun Kokcu of Feyenoord in action during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Feyenoord and Rangers FC at De Kuip on November 28, 2019. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Goal report that Arsenal have been monitoring Orkun Kokcu for quite a long time, listing the Gunners as a potential suitor for the Feyenoord midfielder this summer.

It’s certainly true that we often see links between Kokcu and Arsenal.

Ziggo Sport Voetbal were the latest Dutch publication to suggest Arsenal are after Kokcu, writing in February that the player was of “clear interest” to Arsenal.

There were also some seemingly concrete links between Arsenal and Kokcu in 2020.

Kokcu had told the media he’d received two dissatisfactory contract offers from Feyenoord and wasn’t sure if they even wanted him to stay.

Goal’s Charles Watts confirmed the Gunners really liked the midfielder at the time. But not long after that, Feyenoord announced his contract extension to 2025.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Orkun Kokcu of Feyenoord runs past Steven Davis of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Rangers FC and Feyenoord at Ibrox Stadium on September 19, 2019, in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: Orkun Kokcu of Feyenoord runs past Steven Davis of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Rangers FC and Feyenoord at Ibrox Stadium on September 19, 2019. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Kokcu certainly had a strong season, scoring nine goals and assisting nine from midfield. Those were his best goal contribution tallies since breaking into senior football.

Only turning 21 in December, Kokcu still has most of his career ahead of him, and a move away from Feyenoord is likely to be in his future.

It’s just not clear yet that Arsenal will go for him, despite their “monitoring”.



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