Since the start of the season, Arsenal have been interested in Roma’s Cengiz Under.
That’s what reports in Italy and the many scouting trips the Gunners have made suggests, and while they might have been looking at other players too, the Turkey international remains a constant.
What has also been a constant is the price Roma are said to be expecting teams to match in order to acquire the 21-year-old: €50m.
The Serie A side have, in the meantime, been trying to get the youngster to renew his contract, with a €50-60m release clause being discussed, but pen has yet to touch paper, and he remains clause-less.
That means there’s no official number for anyone to aim for, so Arsenal decided to get the ball rolling at a relatively low price: €32m.
This is what TuttoMercatoWeb are claiming on Thursday evening, and, as you may have expected, Roma have rejected it as it didn’t ‘satisfy’ the club’s owner James Pallotta.
With Roma qualified for the next round of the Champions League, money isn’t as much of an issue as first thought, meaning there’s not need to sell in January.
So, if Arsenal do want Under, and this, if true, would suggest they really do, they’ll have to wait until the summer of 2019 when Roma then have more time to find a suitable replacement.