‘I’ll do anything’: Arne Slot now slaps £35m transfer blow at Tottenham
Arne Slot may have dealt another blow to Tottenham Hotspur’s plans as the Feyenoord manager confirmed he is keen to keep his Premier League-linked talisman Orkun Kokcu at De Kuip.
The former AZ Alkmaar manager wasn’t the only player from Feyenoord’s champions side to be on Tottenham’s wish-list for the summer.
Accordingly The mirror, Spurs had sent scouts to watch the stylish, aggressive Orkun Kokcu as well. Dutch publication Volskrant went one step further; He claimed earlier this week – just before Arne Slot sensationally signed a new deal with the Rotterdam giants – that if the 44-year-old had accepted Daniel Levy’s proposal, Kokcu would have been identified as the main target.
And having entrusted his immediate future to Feyenoord, Slot now hopes the £35million-valued Kokcu will do the same.
Will Orkun Kokcu snub Tottenham alongside Arne Slot?
“Orkun is a great player. In terms of quality, he can handle a higher level,” says Slot Voetbal Primeur. “But we will also take a step (forward).
“I’ll do anything to keep him here. I appreciate him as a person and as a player. He has every right to make his own choice.”
Kokcu was captain of Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title since 2017 earlier this month. The Dutch-born Turkey international is not only one of Slot’s most trusted lieutenants, but the man who embodies his uniquely free-flowing style like few.
Kokcu is the man who makes this Feyenoord clockwork from the middle of the park run. A tally of 12 goals and five assists shows he’s not just about controlling the pace and choosing passes.
As for Tottenham, Levy and company are back to square one in their search for a new head coach. The Independent Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou – far more demanding than Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho in terms of Spurs’ so-called ‘DNA’ – is reportedly now the latest in a long line of frontrunners.
Postecoglou admitted on Friday that he was “aware” of those Spurs links. However, his focus remains on guiding Celtic to Scottish Cup victory and securing the 21st trophy of a very underrated managerial career.
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