Leicester have bid in excess of £25.5m for Merih Demiral rejected by Juventus – Sky

Demiral’s Juve stint

Merih Demiral made the switch to Juventus this past summer.

The Italian giants are believed to have paid around £16m for the centre-back’s services.

And given how impressive the no-nonsense defender had been prior to his Juve switch, the Serie A champions looked to have bagged themselves a real up-and-coming star for a fairly low fee.

But since leaving Sassuolo for Juve, Demiral has found his game-time fairly limited.

With just over half of the 2019/20 campaign behind us, Demiral has notched up a dismal five appearances across all competitions for Juventus.

The 21-year-old has shown some promise during his short stint in Turin, but if he wishes to progress into a top, top talent, Demiral will probably need to look elsewhere for regular football.

Leicester’s bid rejected

Demiral is currently contracted to Juventus until 2024.

But it seems that the young defender has been garnering some attention from around Europe recently.

The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been linked with Demiral this season.

And it appears as though another Premier League outfit have shown interest in the centre-back.

Sky Sports News have reported on Saturday that Leicester have had a bid in excess of £25.5m for Demiral rejected by Juventus.

The report from SSN also claims that Juve have rejected a £34m bid from Borussia Dortmund for Demiral.

So, it appears that Juventus want a rather hefty fee in order to part ways with Demiral.

This begs the question, do Leicester really need to be paying such a high fee for a new centre-back who has barely played this campaign?

Granted, the Foxes did lose Harry Maguire over the summer, but their new centre-back pairing of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu has proved to be a formidable force this season.

Leicester boast one of the best defensive records in the PL this term, and it is hard to see Brendan Rodgers chopping and changing what is proving to be a successful backline.

Admittedly, Leicester could do with some depth behind Evans and Soyuncu, but do they really want to be spending over £25m on a sub?

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