Cengiz Under reveals how Liverpool helped make his €15m record transfer move to Roma possible
Basaksehir wonder kid Cengiz Under was on the verge of a Manchester City move until Roma hijacked the deal with a €15 million offer.
The Istanbul minnows accepted the Italian giants bid and broke the Super Lig transfer record for a Turkish international in the process.
Roma’s move came as a surprise but it turns out that Liverpool played a major role in making the deal happen.
The Serie A outfit made a move for Under once the Reds signed Mohamed Salah for €42m million.
The transfer gave Roma funds to reinvest in a replacement.
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Under revealed at his final Basaksehir press conference today: “Salah went to Liverpool so Roma targeted a replacement. That was the start of the process. Monchi explained that they like to work with you players and that I will be given playing time.
“It is an honour to play for Roma, I want to be a first team player but I will be competing with El Shaarawy and Perotti.
“But I know I will get be wearing the shirt.
“I joined Altinordu aged 10, Abdullah Avci put his faith in me and played me as a first team player at Basaksehir and now I am at one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Liverpool inadvertently influenced Under’s move to Roma and prevented a rival Premier League side snapping up one of the most highly rated talents in Turkish football.
Under turned 20 today and becomes the most expensive Turkish player to leave the Super Lig.
Basaksehir have also included a 20 percent future sale option as part of the deal.
The Istanbul minnows will have to pay 30 percent of the transfer fee back to Altinordu which works out as being €4.5 million.
The Turkish international star joined Basaksehir on a €600K move from the Izmir based outfit last season.