Manchester United sensationally joined Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham for the signature of Roma winger Cengiz Under, claims ESPN. With Bayern Munich also monitoring the 21-year-old as the quartet of clubs plot summer moves for the Turkey international.
With Under’s contract not expiring until 2022, Roma’s negotiating position is strong as they demand a fee in excess of £50m. It’s likely to be a hard bargain the Italians drive; 25% of the fee must be paid over to his former club Istanbul Basaksehir.
While there has been talk of a winter departure, it’s understood Roma won’t countenance a January sale which suits Manchester United. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer serving as interim manager, the Red Devils are keen to appoint a director of football and a permanent manager before making major signings.
The former Premier League champions are determined to return to the vibrant brand of football which was the hallmark of their success under Sir Alex Ferguson. The years since the Scot’s departure have been marked with tedious football and cost three managers their jobs.
Under is seen as the archetypal young winger who can inspire others to bring a smile back to the faces of the Old Trafford faithful.
Interest in the winger is fuelled by a deadlock in contract negotiations. Under’s current £1m-per-season deal leaves him close to the bottom of the salary list in the Giallorossi first team.
With the Roman club unwilling to improve on their current offer, his agents are planning to seal a summer move and win a deal for the player commensurate with his salary.