Everton in pole position for Cengiz Under transfer as Roma explore swap deal
Everton have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Cengiz Under as Roma are preparing to sell the winger in the summer, according to reports in Italy. Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bring the 22-year-old to Goodison Park.
The winger has fallen down the pecking order at Roma with boss Paulo Fonseca favouring Justin Kluivert for his position.
Under has only made 20 appearances in all competitions for Roma this season, during which time he has scored three goals.
Everton had expressed an interest in the winger in January, although no move occurred when Roma placed a £34million (€40m) price tag on the youngster.
However, according to Italian publication CalcioMercato, Roma are now set to lower their demands and are looking to auction the player in the summer.
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Everton are currently favourites to sign the Turkey international, but do face competition from Sevilla, Napoli and AC Milan, with Sevilla’s sporting director, Monchi, particularly keen on the youngster.
However, Roma could look to Everton to include a player swap deal to secure the transfer.
Moise Kean is a name that has been mentioned, as the youngster has failed to make an impact at Everton since securing his move from Juventus last summer.
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The 20-year-old arrived at Goodison Park in a deal worth around £27m last summer but has only managed one goal in 26 appearances in all competitions.
However, Inter are also said to be monitoring the striker’s availability and are ready to offer Everton £25million for the youngster.
Kean fears that another poor season in the Premier League could scupper his chances of playing in the European Championship next summer.
As a result, the striker is ready to listen to offers to return to Italy.
Everton are also considering making a move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, but only if they can first strengthen other areas of their squad.
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One of Ancelotti’s preferred targets is Gremio forward Everton Soares, and the 60-year-old Italian hopes the 24-year-old Brazilian can form a good partnership with his international team-mate and friend, Richarlison.
Everton are also closing in on signing Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
The 22-year-old is also being monitored by Arsenal and Chelsea, however, Everton officials have been negotiating a deal with the Ligue 1 club.
As a result of the progress of the talks, they are hopeful that Magalhaes will move to Goodison Park for a fee in the region of £30m when the window opens.
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