Roma signing Cengiz Under admits he was close to joining Manchester City earlier this summer.
Under signed for Italian giants Roma from Turkish side Başakşehir for a fee of just over £12 million.
However, he says he could have ended up at the Etihad had it not been for Liverpool’s signing of Mohamed Salah.
“They signed me as Salah’s replacement so I am here to play,” Under said in an interview with 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.