Cengiz Under has left Roma to join Marseille on loan with a conditional obligation to buy.
Under joined Roma in 2017 from Istanbul Basaksehir and showed some flashes of potential over the following two seasons. However, he lost his way during the Paulo Fonseca era and spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Leicester City.
Roma had been hoping to cash in on him after that spell, but his time in the Premier League was not a success. Therefore, they have had to find a new solution for him this summer.
One has now arisen, with his move to Marseille – who also recently signed ex-Roma midfielder Gerson, earning the club a small windfall as part of a sell-on clause – now confirmed.
The French club will pay up to €500,000 to take him on loan for the season, before a possible permanent deal worth €8.4m.
Roma will also retain a 20% sell-on clause for the Turkey international, who scored 17 goals in 88 games for the club. Some of those were spectacular, but they soon slowed down in frequency.
Perhaps his most famous contribution at Roma was sending in the corner that led to Kostas Manolas’ decisive goal in the Champions League win over Barcelona in 2018.
Under has not enjoyed as many moments like that in the last couple of years, so will now hope to revive his career at Marseille.
He is likely to be followed by Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who is also due to undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 outfit.