Arsenal, Man Utd, Milan monitor Juventus defender Merih Demiral


Arsenal, Manchester United and Milan are ready to swoop for Juventus and Turkey defender Merih Demiral in January.

According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Juventus will cash in on the 21-year-old defender should a significant offer come in for the former Sassuolo man.

He was snapped up from Sassuolo over the summer for €18m, double the figure the Neroverdi paid to get him from Alanyaspor only six months earlier.

Demiral made only one appearance in a Juventus jersey, for 90 minutes against Hellas Verona in Serie A on September 21, but has fallen behind Daniele Rugani in the pecking order.

Though Demiral had little playing time on the Italian team this season but he has shone in the Turkish national team’s Euro 2020 campaign.

Demiral’s defensive partner Caglar Soyuncu praised his Turkish team-mate on Twitter as he posted a photo of the two, with the caption: “TurkishWall to be continue(d)…”

The Turin-based paper claims that Arsenal and Manchester United sent scouts to view Demiral in action during Turkey’s Euro 2020 qualifier this week.

The Gunners are particularly eager and could bid up to €40m for the battling central defender. Milan have long been interested, but would most likely take Demiral on loan.

United, meanwhile, have shown significant signs of defensive improvement this term following the additions of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer.

But, according to Tuttosport, both clubs have sent scouts to watch Demiral in action for Turkey recently.

Demiral has made 10 senior appearances for the Turkey national team and regularly partners Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu.


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