Manchester City are in the process of tying up deals for Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Douglas Luiz, but in addition to Dani Alves they missed out on another player recently.
The Blues had an €8million bid rejected for Turkey winger Cengiz Ünder of Başakşehir after a four-hour meeting that was publicly confirmed by the club.
Roma then trumped City with a superior offer and have now won the race for 19-year-old Ünder, considered to be one of Turkey’s best young talents since Enes Ünal, the striker City plucked from Bursaspor and recently sold for £12million.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS Türkiye, Ünder’s representative, Ömer Uzun, explained that Roma’s promise to integrate him immediately is what convinced them that Serie A was the best option.
“Monchi [Roma sporting director] was a decisive factor in this choice, and he reassured us that they want to bet directly on Cengiz.
“That wouldn’t have been the case with Manchester City, who wanted to sign him and then loan him to Freiburg.”
Like so many of these semi-established youngsters City have signed or tried to sign recently, the idea was for Ünder to develop out on loan, but that strategy doesn’t work with every emerging talent and he will now continue his career in Italy.