Reports stemming from Italy today suggest that Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in the signing of Juventus defender Merih Demiral.
21-year-old central-defender Demiral has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 18 months.
After struggling somewhat as part of the youth setup of Portuguese giants Sporting CP, Demiral was loaned out to Alanyaspor last summer.
The Turk’s return to his home country was then made permanent in January.
However, just 24 hours later, it was announced that Demiral had departed the Bahçeşehir School Arena for Serie A outfit Sassuolo, on loan with obligation to buy.
The no-nonsense stopper’s standout showings at the heart of the Neroverdi’s backline over the second-half of last season, though, didn’t go at all unnoticed, eventually resulting in Demiral joining his 3rd club in the space of 12 months back in July.
Juventus were the outfit to have beaten off all competition to clinch a deal for the youngster, with Demiral’s form during the Bianconeri’s pre-season having seen him earn rave reviews from the club’s fans.
Premier League bound?
The early months of the new season, though, have not exactly proven fruitful for Demiral in Turin.
Despite Giorgio Chiellini being sidelined with a long-term injury, the Turk has majorly struggled for game-time.
Sitting behind Leonardo Bonucci and big-money summer signing Matthijs de Ligt in the central-defensive pecking order of Maurizio Sarri, Demiral has been afforded just a solitary Serie A start to this point in the campaign.
Surprisingly, even Daniele Rugani, who looked certain to depart the Allianz Arena following Demiral’s arrival during the summer, has been opted for over the 21-year-old of late.
As such, inevitable rumours have begun to mount, suggesting that Demiral could soon be lured away from Juventus, despite having joined the Old Lady less than 6 months ago.
And, as outlined above, the latest crop of reports stemming from Italy today claim that a pair of Premier League clubs have joined the hunt for the stopper’s signature.
The sides in question are Manchester United and Arsenal.
As per Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), both English giants had scouts present at Turkey’s Euro 2020 qualifying meeting with Iceland on Thursday, to watch Demiral in action.
This comes in anticipation of potential January swoops on the part of the two clubs, though it is Arsenal who are thought to be most interested.
AC Milan, meanwhile, are also named as keen suitors of Demiral.
Juventus, for their part, are said to have opened to the possibility of allowing their young defender to move on in January, though it would likely require a considerable fee.