Chelsea battling London rivals for Roma’s €45m-rated Salah replacement

Date published: Tuesday 19th February 2019 4:16

during the Serie A match between Udinese and AS Roma at Stadio Friuli on November 24, 2018 in Udine, Italy.

Chelsea are ready to rival Arsenal in the race to secure star Roma winger Cengiz Under this summer, according to a report.

Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard appears more and more likely to quit Stamford Bridge this summer, despite one former Blues teammate indicating that he could actually pen a new deal.

Real Madrid remain the hot favourites to sign the 28-year-old, but it looks like it will have to come as a double cost to them if Chelsea can get their way.

Hazard earlier in the month seemingly admitted to having made a decision on his future, with his Chelsea contract expiring in June 2020 and amid repeated links with a move to the Bernabeu.

Now, a report from Turkish-Football (via Calciomercato) hints that Chelsea could move for Roma starlet Under as the man to help plug the gap out wide.

The 21-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Serie A side since his breakthrough into the first team, amassing a combined fifteen goals and assists this season in 25 appearances across all competitions.

Under recently revealed that he felt a duty to perform well as he was trusted to fill the void left by Mo Salah’s departure.

“It was very important for me that I was coming in to replace Salah as he did really well here,” Under told Goal.

“There was a lot of pressure but fortunately once I started scoring and became more involved – thanks to the help of all my team-mates – I really felt I was a part of the team.”

Cengiz Under TEAMtalk

According to several Italian sources, Arsenal have scouted the playmaker in the last couple of months, while German giants Bayern have also been tracking Under for some time as they seek a long-term replacement for the ageing Arjen Robben.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with a club-record move for Under, who is reportedly keen on coming to the Premier League, but could cost over €45m.

 

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