Whether in January or in the summer, AS Roma attacker Cengiz Ünder looks likely to move to the Premier League. So claims ESPN, citing “sources close to the player”.
The 21-year-old who’s in his second season in the Italian capital is apparently “open to a Premier League move” as he’s grown frustrated with being one of the lowest paid players at the club and not much progress being made on a potential new deal. And while he’s “prepared” to stay until the end of the season, it’s looking “increasingly likely” that he won’t be there come opening day of the 2019-20 season.
The report claims interest from every top English team bar Liverpool, with Chelsea and Arsenal both making a second appearance in a Cengiz Ünder rumor after “strong interest” last week.
If all that sounds like your standard pay-me-or-trade-me situation where supposed interest is drummed up to motivate either a new contract or a sale, then that’s because that’s exactly what it sounds like.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that he isn’t going to to end in England at some point in the next 6-7 months. Roma, who have not shied away from selling players in recent years, are apparently willing to do business at around £40-50m. And Chelsea could certainly use some fresh, young attacking blood. But until any of this supposed interest is drawn into sharper focus, Cengiz Ünder is likely to stay and get his new deal first.