Turkish wonderkid Cengiz Under lifts lid on how Liverpool scuppered Manchester City move

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Manchester City missed out on signing Turkish wonderkid Cengiz Under thanks to Liverpool.

That's according to the player himself in an interview with beIN Turkey after sealing a £13.5 million move to Italian side Roma.

The 20-year-old attacker, who can play on the wing and as a striker, is one of the most highly rated young talents in Europe and Turkey's much-hyped rising star.

Turkey's Cengiz Under looks on prior the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Kosovo and Turkey in Loro Borici stadium in the city of Shkoder on June 11, 2017.Turkey's Cengiz Under

But it seems Liverpool's big money deal to sign Mohamed Salah from Roma earlier this summer scuppered Pep Guardiola's move for Under as it provided the Italians with the money to jump to the front of the queue.

“They signed me as Salah’s replacement so I am here to play," Under told beIN Turkey.

“I could not believe the transfer happened so quickly.

"We were in other talks with Man City, then I got a call from my agent who said ‘the Roma deal is done’, I couldn’t sleep that night,” he said.

The prospect of being a first team regular in Rome rather than a bit part player at the Etihad may well have weighed heavy on Under's mind in deciding where to take his career next.

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But it seems Jurgen Klopp's move for Salah has inadvertently stopped one of his major rivals from securing a top talent.

And that talent was on show when the Turkish international scored on his debut for Roma in the 2-1 International Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur.

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