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Manchester United interested in controversial £30m midfielder but face competition from Arsenal

The Red Devils are ready to improve their midfield again this summer

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Feyenoord star Okcan Kokcu as they look to add to their midfield ranks this summer, with the Turkishman available for as little as £30m according to reports.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a fruitful season under Erik ten Hag so far, and are still in contention to land a treble, with their Carabao Cup success backed up by deep runs in both the FA Cup and the Europa League.

Despite this success, midfield has been something of a problem area for his side. Casemiro’s arrival has been inspiring, with the Brazilian proving a revelation in midfield, but they have had to manage without him in recent weeks, while Christian Eriksen only made his return to action on Saturday, having been sidelined since January with an ankle injury.

Question marks hover over loan signing Marcel Sabitzer as well as Scott McTominay, with the latter having been strongly linked to Newcastle, and it is clear that midfield is an area of concern heading into the summer transfer window.

But, while the likes of Declan Rice, Moises Caicedo, Frenkie de Jong and Alexis Mac Allister will all command hefty fees, reports claim that Ten Hag may return to the Eredivisie to try and outsmart the transfer market.

Step forward, Okcan Kokcu.

Currently captaining Feyenoord, he recently fell out with ex-Southampton man Dusan Tadic, while he has also previously refused to wear the rainbow armband, claiming that it went against his religious beliefs.

With eight goals this season, he is certainly an impressive option to strengthen the Red Devils midfield, who could be available on the cheap.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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