Arsenal target Orkun Kokcu’s price tag has ‘dropped significantly’ this summer, a year after the Gunners were in ‘pole position’ for his signature.
That’s according to Calciomercato, who say the midfielder is not valued anywhere near the €25m that was quoted 12 months ago.
Arsenal were thought to be extremely keen on Kokcu last summer but his club Feyenoord resisted any interest in him and eventually agreed a new five-year deal with the player.
The hope was that he would develop further and continue to court interest, but that has not been the case, with a disappointing campaign in the Netherlands leading to a potential sale this summer.
Arsenal have again been named as a suitor, with a report from La Repubblica two days ago stating that both they and Tottenham were ‘interested’ in him.
They faced competition from Italy, though, with Lazio and Sampdoria having already met his agent to discuss a move.
Calciomercato pick up on that today and state that Kokcu is now seen as a ‘market opportunity’ as his €25m price tag from last season has ‘dropped significantly’, and Feyenoord are open to a sale given their ‘delicate financial situation’.
Several clubs in Italy are keen, with Milan and Roma added to the mix this time, while Arsenal are likely to be in there too as they were in ‘pole position’ for him last summer.
There is a belief that he is ‘ready to make a quantum leap’ in his career and that there is a ‘real possibility of snatching him up’ at a ‘favourable price’ given the circumstances.
What that price could be isn’t mentioned, but that report from La Repubblica stated it was €12m, which would tie in with the claims here that his price has dropped significantly.
As of yet, it appears nobody has made a serious bid but the pieces are falling into place, and Arsenal could get an old target at a much more reasonable price should they wish to.