Manchester United have been linked with a bid for promising Roma forward Cengiz Under in the Italian media.
United are the lowest scoring team in the top six this season, and are in need of adding some extra quality to their frontline.
They had been linked with Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland, before he disappointed them by agreeing to join Borussia Dortmund when the January transfer window opens.
And while Under would represent a different type of player – as he tends to operate on the right wing, rather than centrally – a chain of events is suggested that could make him the man to help ease United’s struggles up front.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Roma are looking at re-signing their former academy graduate Matteo Politano from Inter Milan, with the 26-year-old having struggled to fit into Antonio Conte’s system.
However, Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has told the same publication that they will only be signing players in January if there are sales – and it is believed they would be open to getting Under off the books.
Despite scoring some impressive goals over his first two seasons in Italy, this season has seen him struggle with injury, and the emergence of Nicolo Zaniolo – another player linked with a Premier League move over the summer – in the same position has restricted Under’s first team opportunities.
Therefore, they could look to sell the Turkish international on just months after giving him a new contract, with Gazzetta saying he would be available for around €40m.
While he was linked with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the past, it is another Premier League suitor who could be in pole position, with LaRoma24 naming Manchester United as a likely destination due to their need for a right-sided forward.
It is worth noting that the two clubs are already locked in negotiations over the future of Chris Smalling, who is impressing on loan in Italy but wanted back in Manchester at the end of the season.
The latest updates – again coming from Gazzetta – suggest that United are maintaining their asking price of €20m for the Englishman, with Roma raising their offer to €18m including bonuses.
There is optimism in Italy that a deal can be done for Smalling, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repeating that he wants the 30-year-old back at Old Trafford in 2020.
It remains to be seen whether or not discussions about Under will alter United’s position on Smalling.