Barcelona 'definitely' interested in Under, Monchi claims

Cengiz Under has only just started to shine, but is already being targeted by Barcelona, according to Roma's sporting director Monchi.

Cengiz Under of Roma   -  Getty Images

Roma's sporting director Monchi claims Barcelona are interested in young Turkey star Cengiz Under.

Under has scored five goals in 21 Serie A appearances since moving to the Giallorossi from Istanbul Basaksehir in July.

Such is the excitement surrounding Under, the 20-year-old has already been touted by bookmakers as a potential Ballon d'Or winner.

And Monchi, a highly-regarded judge of talent who joined Roma from Sevilla in April, claimed the young forward is being monitored by LaLiga's leaders. 

"It's true that Barcelona have an interest in the player," Monchi said in an interview with Radyospor.

"Bayram Tutumlu [Under's agent] has a strong relationship with Barca and he informed me that there is definitely an interest there.

"We have not received any offers for the player but it would not surprise me if he was being tracked – he is a young, talented player who is scoring a lot of goals.

"Our aim is for Cengiz to become a very important player for us because he has youth and all the qualities needed to do that."

Under could go up against Barca when Roma face the Catalan giants in the Champions League quarter-finals next month, Monchi acknowledging the scale of the task facing Eusebio Di Francesco's side. 

He said: "I wish I could know if we are going to eliminate Barcelona, but it is obviously difficult, we are facing possibly the best team in the world, or one of the best, but we have the [ambition] and we will try."

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