Report: Premier League Move a 'Priority' for Cengiz Under If He Leaves Roma

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2018

FLORENCE, ITALY - NOVEMBER 03: Cengiz Under of AS Roma reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 3, 2018 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Roma's Cengiz Under would reportedly prefer a move to the Premier League if he were to leave Serie A amid rumours he is wanted by clubs in England, Germany and Spain.

According to ESPN's Eren Sarigul, Under is not looking to leave Roma in January, but if he does in the near future, the English top flight would be his "priority" destination.

It's said Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in the Turk and have been scouting him.

Indeed, City came close to snapping him up last year from Istanbul Basaksehir, but because they planned to subsequently loan him out, Under opted for Roma instead.

The 21-year-old made 32 appearances for the Giallorossi last season, in which he contributed eight goals and two assists from the right wing.

All but six of those outings came in Serie A, where it became apparent that Roma were much more successful with him on the pitch than on the bench:

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Roma with and without Cengiz Ünder starting in Serie A last season For more player stats -- https://t.co/sSjUo3Jr2b https://t.co/tBd6JZxYi1

A strong start to this campaign has seen him notch five assists and three goals from 12 games.

Several of those contributions have come in the UEFA Champions League:

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🕵️‍♂️ #UCL Scout: 3⃣ Games 2⃣ Goals 2⃣ Assists 💛❤️ Cengiz Ünder 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/S2lqwXtCJB

Because his fine form has attracted attention from elsewhere, his agent is reportedly hoping he'll be rewarded with a pay increase. Under's current salary sees him earn around €1 million (£873,000) per year, which makes him one of Roma's lower earners, according to Sarigul.

A new deal might also tie him down beyond 2022, though it is thought any new contract would include a release clause worth between £40 million and £50 million.

That's a significant investment in a player at this stage of his career, but it would equally be affordable for those at the top end of the Premier League.

In the meantime, if Under continues to develop and impress as he has been doing, Roma will be even keener to offer him fresh terms as the attention on him increases.