KEY POINTS

  • Man Utd are regarding Roma's Cengiz as a cheaper alternative to Sancho
  • Sancho's transfer fee is expected to be over $124 million
  • Cengiz's transfer fee will not be more than $33 million

Manchester United reportedly have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Roma’s winger Cengiz Under ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is understood that Roma are ready to sell Cengiz this summer, who had joined the Italian side ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Both Arsenal and Man Utd are looking to improve their attacks ahead of the 2020-21 campaign and they wouldn’t want to lose out on an opportunity of signing a talented forward for a fee as lower as $33 million.

The Old Trafford side has held talks with Franco Baldini, the advisor to Roma's billionaire owner James Pallotta, as per Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Daily Mail reported. The two parties have done business in the past when Man Utd loaned Chris Smalling to Roma earlier this season. The Red Devils, who are hoping to continue their good ties with Roma, are believed to be seeing Cengiz as a cheaper alternative to their top target Jadon Sancho.

Sancho, who is expected to leave Borrusia Dortmund at the end of this season, has been labeled with a price tag of over $124 million. Due to the ongoing financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Man Utd are believed to be rethinking Sancho's move citing his higher asking price. 

After a few reports stated that Sancho would stay at the German club beyond this summer, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre recently admitted that the midfielder's future in Germany looked uncertain, and he could be among the players that leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Even though top-flight clubs such as Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid are interested in the services of Sancho, Man Utd are considered to be the favorites in acquiring Sancho’s signatures at the upcoming transfer window.

"Obviously players will go and we hope that they stay but it's possible that they may also leave. You have spoken about two players who we don't know definitively what will happen – they could stay with us, that's clear and that would be good for me. We'll see what we'll do in defense, midfield or attack,” said Favre, when he was asked about Sancho and on-loan Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi’s Dortmund futures in a recent interview.