Netherlands legend Marco van Basten believes Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu should stay with his current club for at least another eighteen months, despite interest from Arsenal.
The Gunners have been frequently linked with the Turkish international over the past few years but van Basten thinks the player’s development would be better served by staying in the Eredivisie for now:
“He should certainly continue to play at Feyenoord for another year and a half. Get stronger, keep your starting place and then go abroad at some point. That is also better for yourself. Otherwise, you go much too young. That happens every time and you can even see it in the big boys who went to Barcelona and Real Madrid. They also had problems with it.”
Last week, former Feyenoord star Ali Boussaboun claimed that Kokcu could be worth €50m (£42m) in the not too distant future if he continues to progress as a player, so Arsenal may want to move for him sooner rather than later, even if van Basten says the 21-year-old needs time to mature.
Mikel Arteta’s side could certainly do with strengthening their options in the middle of the park, after missing out on Juventus’s Arthur during the January transfer window. Unlike the Brazilian, though, Kokcu would very much be one for the future.