Arsenal & Chelsea In Battle To Sign Exciting £54m Serie A Star This Winter – Report

By on December 19, 2018

The January transfer window is just around the corner and managers are working hard on possible deals or identifying targets for the summer so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest rumours. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea are linked with Cengiz Under…

Arsenal and Chelsea are showing a keen interest in signing Roma’s £54m-rated attacker Cengiz Under ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports via the Express.

Under was a product of the youth system at Turkish club Altinordu and enjoyed a season at Basaksehir before joining Roma in July 2017 in a deal worth around £12m. The 21-year-old took a little time to settle in Italy but he found his form during the second half of last season and has continued to impress this campaign.

The young wingerhas provided 5 goals and 6 assists in his 20 appearances in all competitions so far while Under has also established himself at international level with 4 goals in 10 caps for the Turkish team.

His potential has caught the attention of several European clubs and the Express are citing a report from Transfer Market Web that claims Arsenal and Chelsea have joined the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in showing a keen interest in signing Under ahead of the January window.

Unai Emery is still undertaking a rebuilding job at the Emirates since replacing Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are reportedly in the market for a wide forward this winter after losing Danny Welbeck for the rest of the season to a broken ankle.

Welbeck is also expected to leave the north Londoners on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season and it seems the Gunners have identified Under as a potential replacement.

However, Arsenal will face plenty of competition for his signature, not least from rivals Chelsea, with the report also indicating that Maurizio Sarri is eyeing a possible swoop for Under when the window re-opens.

Rumours continue to link Eden Hazard with a move to Spain and Sarri needs more options to compete with Willian and Pedro in attack so Under would be a very useful signing if the Blues could lure him to Stamford Bridge.

But Arsenal and Chelsea also face a battle to persuade Roma to do business as they will no doubt do all they can to hold on to the Turkish winger this winter, especially with a very winnable Champions League last-16 clash with Porto coming up, so the Express suggests they would demand around £54m before sanctioning any deal.

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