Leeds and Arsenal will likely be joined by two more suitors after Feyenoord allegedly put a tantalizing sum on Orkun Kokcu’s head.
Feyenoord’s attacking midfielder was heavily linked with the Gunners over the summer. Indeed, the player even went as far as stating his father and agent were ‘busy working’ on transfer talks.
Although no move took place, Arsenal continued to monitor the player. However, they are now joined by Leeds, Leicester and Sevilla in expressing their interest in Kokcu.
It depends sport, who claims the Sevilla football director has made the signing of the U21 Turkey international a top priority.
The Spanish newspaper claims that Feyenoord’s finances have been hit hard by the global economic downturn. As such, they may be forced to sell their valuable assets; Kokcu among them.
However, the newspaper claims that it will not be easy for Seville to land their man. That’s because Mikel Arteta, Marcelo Bielsa, and Brendan Rodgers would also be excited.
In addition, Feyenoord would have blocked a modest sum of 20 million euros on the head of Kokcu. It’s an award that apparently got the quartet noticed.
Indeed, sport readily admits that either of the Premier League trio has the cash to beat Sevilla on signing. With money limited on the Andalusian side as well, they seem to have to sell before they can buy. In this spirit, Wednesday reports claimed that a new, lower tax had been applied to their own star man, Jules Kounde.
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Kocku talks about his future
Of the three Premier League teams, Leeds’s need is believed to be the greatest. They are looking for a replacement for longtime playmaker Pablo Hernandez. The veteran Spaniard seems destined to leave this summer after a successful career at Elland Road.
Leeds followed Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese. However, despite his confession from his manager, its asking price of 40 million euros seems too high.
United have also looked short in the middle of the park this season, with Mateusz Klich struggling with consistency.
Kokcu, meanwhile, is under contract with De Kuip until 2025, after signing a new deal in January.
Despite this, the player admitted that he could move on if the right opportunity presented itself.
“I have a contract until 2025 but the situation has changed,” he said, via Sport witness, last month.
“The club have been very clear on the financial situation and it’s clear that it’s not good, so if a club comes up with a good proposal for me and the entity can put in a good amount, I imagine that they will be listened to. “
Whether Kokcu will become a viable target remains to be seen, but his price tag and profile certainly fits Bielsa’s mold.
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