Chelsea are “in the background” for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kökcü, who may end up leaving the club this summer.

Kökcü has earned plenty of praise for his performances for the Dutch side this season, managing three goals and six assists in 35 games in all competitions so far.

Chelsea are one of the clubs to have been credited with an interest in him, with a report at the end of February claiming they were following the 19-year-old’s progress.

The Blues are expected to have a busy summer transfer window having had their ban lifted, and the young midfielder would fit perfectly into the youthful squad that Frank Lampard is building at Stamford Bridge.

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There has been little talk of their interest since then, with Arsenal more heavily linked, but Voetbal International journalist Martijn Krabbendam has revealed they are keeping a close eye on his situation, with him yet to agree on a new deal at Feyenoord.

“Feyenoord are offering something, and Kökcü wants more, you shouldn’t think that that boy is suddenly asking for millions,” he told Voetbal International.

“He’s a basic player and the salary is out of all proportion to what some of Feyenoord’s other players earn. Some of the boys on the bench are also earning more.

“Feyenoord will know that one of the greatest talents will have to be better rewarded.

“If Feyenoord and Kökcü don’t approach each other, the club will have to think about selling the player, and that’s all there is to it.

“It’s no secret that Arsenal has already spoken to Kökcü’s agents, the Seville clubs are also very interested in the midfielder, Chelsea is still playing in the background.

“Also the Italian clubs Atalanta Bergamo and AS Roma are still very interested.”