The 19-year-old is viewed as "one of Europe’s most promising young players" and Arsenal's technical director Edu has labelled him as a "priority" signing. Paper Round's view: It must be encouraging for Arsenal supporters to see their club making early movements in the summer transfer window. Chelsea have already confirmed the shrewd signing of Hakim Ziyech and Manchester United are being linked with high-profile names like Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho, so the Gunners must've felt left behind.
Arsenal are said to be willing to offload Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in order to bankroll their spending this summer. The Premier League side are planning to complete the transfer for Kokcu before this summer's European Championships as they are worried about losing out to a rival club if he has an outstanding tournament.
It makes sense to try and shift Ozil due to his inflated wages, but Sokratis and Maitland-Niles are probably still good enough to be part of the squad. Guendouzi looks like he could be a starter for years, so maybe it's something more personal and Arteta feels he could command a huge fee due to his potential.
It makes complete sense for clubs to try and get their business done as early as possible this summer, with the European Championships looming. Tournaments can often inflate the price of a transfer target, but it can also make other clubs aware of breakout stars. If Arsenal are expecting Kokcu to shine for Turkey at the Euros, they need to secure his signature as soon as they can.
The Bundesliga team are "privately confident" of securing Bellingham's signature this summer, but United haven't given up just yet. Paper Round's view: United have apparently been scouting Bellingham on a monthly basis since August 2017. Birmingham are in financial trouble and are now willing to sell, but it's a disaster for United that they might be pipped to the signing by Dortmund.
Sancho has been sensational during his three years in Germany, but it is expected that he will move for over £100 million to Manchester United this summer. So maybe United will end up doing the same thing with Bellingham in 2023. Read the full story Arsenal plan summer transfer business The Gunners are reportedly in talks with Dutch side Feyenoord over the summer signing of Turkish midfielder Orkun Kokcu, according to the Mail.
The report states that Dortmund have already agreed a transfer fee with the Championship side, which is looking likely to be a club-record fee for the Germans. The deal will be worth £25 million with add-on bonuses taking it north of £30 million and Dortmund have already agreed personal terms with the wonderkid.
The majority of reports are stating that it's basically a done deal between Bellingham and the Bundesliga side, so why didn't United make their move earlier? It is crazy to think that a 16-year-old could potentially become the record signing for one of the biggest club's in Europe. However, Dortmund will probably expect Bellingham to go down the same route as Jadon Sancho.
Read the full story Video - 'Dortmund name price for Sancho with United and Chelsea poised' - Euro Papers01:45 Dier expects ban after storming stands to save brother Eric Dier is said to be expecting a lengthy ban from the FA following his angry confrontation with a Tottenham supporter during Wednesday night's penalty shootout defeat to Norwich in the FA Cup.
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Dortmund v United: Part Two Manchester United are ready to go head-to-head with Borussia Dortmund once more over the signing of another highly-rated teenager, despite losing out on Erling Braut Haaland to the Bundesliga side in January. According to the Athletic, the Red Devils are working on a transfer for Birmingham City's 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham.