Chelsea in the battle to sign 20-year-old Turkish playmaker

The London giants have made the initial attempt to land Orkun Kokcu from Feyenoord in the summer transfer window. Chelsea have involved club legend Didier Drogba in the meetings with Turkey international’s family.

Kokcu is widely regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe at present, having grown exponentially since breaking into the Feyenoord first-team setup in 2018. Now a mainstay in midfield for the Dutch club, Orkun is coming off a somewhat frustrating 2020/21 season.

While the 20-year-old midfielder only missed three games when fit and available, a long-term ankle injury sidelined him for several weeks, meaning he just played 31 games across all tournaments.

The Turkish midfielder, though, seems to have done enough to attract some of the biggest clubs in the world, with the Blues, in particular, showing a lot of interest heading into the summer transfer window.

The PL heavyweights are touted to be in the market for a midfielder this summer, which is somewhat surprising as the rumours linked Jorginho with a potential exit have dissipated. However, with Billy Gilmour likely to be loaned out, Newcastle United are interested in a move, Blues could do with a midfield addition.

That is because the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Ethan Ampadu might not be a part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans for the 2021/22 campaign. The German coach will then be left with Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as the central midfield options, which is perhaps why there have been heavy links with Declan Rice.

However, with a tournament for Declan Rice being quite stiff, Blues ought to identify alternatives, which is where Orkun Kokcu comes in even though he is not a like-for-like alternative.