Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Reportedly Target Roma's Cengiz Under

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMay 15, 2018

Roma's Turkish midfielder Cengiz Under runs for the ball during the Italian Serie A football match AS Roma vs Juventus at the Olympic stadium on May 13, 2018 in Rome. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are reportedly interested in Roma winger Cengiz Under and face competition from Monaco for his signature.

The Gunners have offered €30 million (£26 million) for the 20-year-old, but the bid has been turned down by the Serie A side, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com (h/t Sport Witness).

Monaco have also failed with a €35 million (£30 million) bid, and Roma would only consider selling if a club made an offer closer to €50 million (£44 million), per the report.

The youngster only joined Roma from Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir on a five-year deal in summer 2017. He has said he rejected an offer from Manchester City before moving to the Italian capital:

Under had the difficult job of succeeding Mohamed Salah, who left for Liverpool. The youngster said he was proud to replace the Egyptian, per Dugout:

Under has managed nine goals and two assists in all competitions in his debut season at the Stadio Olimpico. The UEFA Champions League showed how he went on a strong run of form towards the end of the season: 

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Roma made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Champions League, and Under played his part in the tournament. Turkish Football showed his key contributions:

His performances attracted interest earlier this year and led president James Pallotta to say he is not for sale, as shown by Goal:

The winger is a left-footer who tends to play on the right, where he can cut inside and go for goal. He possesses a fierce shot but is also able to create chances for team-mates.

Arsenal are in need of strengthening after a tough season that saw them finish the season without a trophy and in sixth place in the Premier League.

Yet any transfer dealings may have to wait until the club have appointed a new manager to replace Arsene Wenger. Mikel Arteta is the strong favourite to take the job, according to David Hytner at the Guardian.

Tempting Under away from Roma also looks a tough ask after the club having already said they want to hold onto their key assets. The club are also on course to finish in third place in Serie A, which would guarantee Champions League football for next season—something Arsenal are unable to offer.