Leeds United and Leicester City will both make a summer bid for Orkun Kokcu with Feyenoord willing to sell the midfielder for £10 million, as reported by La Razon.
12 months ago, when Arsenal came calling for the industrious Turkey international, Feyenoord made it clear that Kokcu would not be going anywhere on the cheap.
The Eredivisie giants wanted £23 million at the time (Mail).
So what’s changed? Why, in the space of just one year, has the 20-year-old’s market value dropped by 50 per cent? It is not as if his contract is expiring either; Kokcu signed a new long-term deal in 2020.
But maybe this is a combination of two factors; football’s ongoing financial crisis – one that has hit Feyenoord hard – coupled with the fact that Kokcu’s development has stalled since being linked with a big-money move to Arsenal in March of last year.
The attacking midfielder has started just 14 of Feyenoord’s 26 league fixtures in 2020/21, scoring a grand total of two goals.
“Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with criticism,” he admitted to AD last week.
“And I also see that I have had a difficult time this season. Injuries also played a role, because I was out for a long time. But I’m not running away from anything, I just have to show (my talent).”
Could a change of scenery be what Kokcu needs as he looks to re-establish himself as one of Europe’s next best number tens? Marcelo Bielsa and Brendan Rodgers are famed for their ability to turn potential into talent, so maybe a summer switch to the Premier League would come at the ideal time for a player who appears to be at a crossroads.
La Razon reports that both Leeds and Leicester will attempt to buy Kokcu when the transfer window opens this summer.
“I have a contract until 2025 but the situation has changed . The club has been very clear about the financial situation and it is clear that it is not good,” Kokcu added, offering an indication as to why his price-tag has dropped so substantially.
“So if a club comes with a good offer for me and (Feyenoord) can earn a good amount, I imagine that the offer will be listened to.”