As per a report from Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal attempted to coax Roma star Cengiz Under to the Emirates in January, with the Gunners remaining ‘firmly’ interested in a move for the winger this summer.
Under, a 21-year-old Turkish international, arrived at the Stadio Olimpico from İstanbul Başakşehir in the summer of 2017.
Roma splashed out a fee of €13.4 million on his signature, following Under’s hugely-impressive solitary campaign in the Super Lig.
At the time, the Giallorossi were rumoured to have beaten off interest from some of European football’s biggest clubs in securing a deal for the fleet-footed wide-man.
However, Under initially struggled to find his feet during the early months of his stint in the Italian capital.
Following a disappointing opening-half to his debut Roma campaign, though, the Turk subsequently burst onto the scene with a string of sensational displays for Roma following the turn of the year.
Having failed to find the net during his first 6 months with the capital outfit, Under notched 5 goals over the space of 4 fixtures between the 4th and 21st of February, finally showcasing to fans of Eusebio Di Francesco’s men exactly why the club had agreed to fork out over 13 million Euro on his signature.
All told, he went on to rack up 8 goals and 2 assists across all competitions last season.
And the 10-time capped international has since enjoyed an equally-impressive campaign to date this season. Between Serie A and the Champions League, Under has directly contributed to 12 goals for Roma.
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As such, unsurprisingly, Under’s impressive form, coupled with his room for growth, have seen a number of the Premier League’s biggest clubs express an interest in the Turk.
A report from Calciomercato in November revealed that all of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal were keen on Under. Tottenham and Bayern Munich, meanwhile, have also been named as serious suitors of the Roma star.
Arsenal lead the race?
And, as per an update from Calciomercato this afternoon, it is Arsenal who appear to be the outfit pushing hardest for Under’s signature.
Citing information obtained by reliable Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners ‘tried to make a move happen in January’, after club scouts attended a number of Roma’s fixtures to watch the gifted winger in action.
Evidently, a move didn’t come to fruition, but Arsenal remain ‘very interested’ in securing Under’s services come the summer.
The capital giants are set to have scouts present at further Roma outings this month, with Unai Emery intent on getting a deal for one of his key targets over the line in the near future.