Everton lead the race to sign Roma youngster Cengiz Under

Cengiz Under, AS Roma (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)
Cengiz Under, AS Roma (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images) /

Carlo Ancelotti’s side Everton have emerged as the front-runners to sign the 22-year old Turkish international, who has failed to live up to expectations this season for Roma

Everton turned things around after Ancelotti took over this season at Goodison Park and they’re already looking for ways to strengthen their squad this summer. According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Toffees are very keen on Roma winger Cengiz Under and currently sit as the favorites to sign the 22-year old.

The report also states that Everton will face serious competition for Under though, with La Liga side Sevilla also interested, along with AC Milan and Napoli.

Just a few months ago, Roma valued Under at 40 million euros, but with his recent struggles and coronavirus likely to affect the transfer market, he will probably be available for cheaper. A possible swap deal with Everton is also not out of the cards, which could see Moise Kean go the other way.

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Roma skipper Paulo Fonseca has favored Justin Kluivert out wide which has left Under out of the loop in regards to playing time, making just nine starts this season while scoring three goals.

AC Milan was very close to a swap deal for Under in January which would have seen Suso join Roma, but it fell through as the Spaniard joined Sevilla on loan instead. However, the Rossoneri are ready to put 20 million euros on the table for the Turkish midfielder this summer.

Despite Under’s struggles, he’s very young and still has wonderful pace and skill on the right flank. His best years of football are likely ahead of him, but a move away from Stadio Olimpico looks to be the answer in the coming months.

A swap deal for Everton could be the most likely scenario, as Coronavirus will definitely affect clubs when it comes to making big money transfers. If Kean was involved in the swap, I don’t see it harming the Toffees because he really didn’t play much of a part this season, scoring just once in 22 appearances for the Premier League side.

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Ancelotti obviously has strong relationships within the Serie A after managing numerous Italian clubs such as AC Milan and most recently Napoli, so that could also play a part in Everton’s race for Under. Bernard and Theo Walcott lacked creativity on the right-wing this season at Goodison, so bringing in a technical player like Under could be a valuable move for Everton. It will be no easy task securing his signature though as many clubs will look to sign the Turkish starlet this summer.