Leicester have announced they have agreed the signing of Cengiz Under on a season-long loan from Roma with the deal thought to contain an obligation to buy.
Under has fallen down the pecking order at Roma over the past 12 months, and the Foxes are his next destination.
Under has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham in the past.
However, it was the silver tongue of Brendan Rodgers which won the day.
The 23-year-old is now due to join up with his new team-mates ahead of Sunday evening’s game against Burnley, although the move is subject to Premier League and international clearance.
Speaking to LCFC.com, the winger said: “I can’t wait to go to Leicester and start training. I’ve always wanted to play in England and this is a great opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“I’ll try to help my team-mates on the pitch and off the pitch. I believe that I can improve my performance every day. I’d like to think I am fast and can create lots of chances for my colleagues.
“I feel very good because my best friend plays for Leicester City. I’m very happy to be able to play with Caglar [Soyuncu] and I always watched Leicester’s games because of him.”
Under will move to the King Power Stadium on loan with an obligation to buy. The deal will cost Leicester €28m in total – €3m of which they will pay up front, according to the well-connected Gianluca Di Marzio.
Under, whose contract lasts until 2023, only made 10 league starts last season. He scored three goals across all competitions, before a change in Roma’s formation left him with fewer opportunities for gametime.
Rodgers hails Cengiz Under
Speaking on Friday about what he’d bring to the Foxes, Rodgers said: “He’s a very good player, there’s been some negotiations with the clubs so we’re hopeful we can get something there.
“We needed different types of attacking players to come in and support. Having watched him and seen him play he is clearly a talented player.”
With one player on the way in, Rodgers has also hinted Demarai Gray could leave the Foxes.
The winger is in the last year of his contract at the King Power Stadium and has struggled to cement his place under Rodgers.