Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has this evening confirmed that Premier League giants Manchester United inquired as to the availability of Merih Demiral this summer.
21-year-old central-defender Demiral has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 12 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 official 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 already leapfrog Daniele Rugani in the central-defensive pecking order at the Allianz Stadium.
Nevertheless, though, as things stand, Demiral remains, at best, 4th choice in Maurizio Sarri’s squad.
Despite his unquestionable potential, all of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt are likely to command starting berths ahead of the Turk.
As such, news that other clubs inquired as the possibility of luring Demiral away from Turin this summer has come as little surprise.
And, speaking in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport (via the Manchester Evening News) this evening, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici provided an insight into two of the outfits to have done so.
The first were AC Milan, with the stopper also said to have been the subject of an approach from Manchester United:
‘He is our player who has had the most deals on the market, don’t imagine how many. The Turk was requested by Milan but was also approached by Manchester United.’