Ozil replacement? Arsenal eyeing transfer move for £20m midfielder

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Arsenal are reportedly keeping close tabs on Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu. Kokcu, 18, broke into Feyenoord’s first-team last December and has established himself in the side since Jaap Stam took over the reins from Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager.

The teenager notched up three goals and four assists for Feyenoord last season and has twice netted for the Dutch outfit this term, against Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Europa League and versus FC Emmen in the Eredivisie.

According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are closely monitoring Kokcu along with a host of top clubs from across Europe.

The report claims that Feyenoord would consider selling the Dutch-born Turkey Under-21 international for a fee of around £20million.

Arsenal are scouring the market for potential midfield reinforcements, with Mesut Ozil reportedly set for the exit door at the Emirates.

Unai Emery has been left unimpressed with Ozil’s performances in training and is ready to cut his losses with the German, Arsenal’s top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week.

Ozil has only made two appearances for the Gunners this season and Emery attempted to explain the situation following the side’s win over Standard Liege.

‘When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more,’ he said.

‘He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match – and we are going to decide the same.

‘Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth and we want to carry on our same way in each match.’

 

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