Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kökçü, capped twice by Turkey, has revealed why a move to Leicester City failed in January but opened the door to a summer transfer instead.
The 20-year-old has scored nine goals and provided 12 assists in 70 appearances since scoring on his debut for the Eredivisie side in September 2018, and is considered to be one of their brightest young prospects.
Last year, the Groningen academy product signed an extension to his contract, which now runs until the 2024/25 season, but Feyenoord’s delicate financial position has attracted plenty of attention.
Indeed, the player himself admitted that his situation had changed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic:
“I have a contract until 2025 but the situation has changed,” said Kokcu recently.
“The club has been very clear about the financial situation and it is clear that it is not good, so if a club comes with a good proposal for me and the entity can enter a good amount, I imagine that it will be listened to.”
The Leicester Mercury claim that Arsenal were interested in signing the youngster last year, but were put off by his £23 million price tag.
Now, though, Kokcu could be available for just £10million, according to Spanish title La Razon, who claim the Foxes, Leeds United and Sevilla are all interested in the promising 20-year-old.
Player report on Orkun Kökçü, who currently plays for Feyenoord and is linked with a possible move to Arsenal.
— Target Scouting (@TargetScouting_) April 22, 2020
In their scout report of Kökcü, Target Scouting highlight his ball control, his first touch and his passing ability. The technically gifted youngster took just one senior campaign to nail down a starting spot for Feyenoord.