Arsenal and Man Utd eye January transfer move for Juventus defender Merih Demiral

Merih Demiral has been deemed surplus to requirements by Juventus
Merih Demiral has been deemed surplus to requirements by Juventus (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal and Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Merih Demiral ahead of the January transfer window with the Juventus defender having been deemed surplus to requirements.

The Serie A champions paid Sassuolo €18million for the 21-year-old in the summer but he has been unable to win over his new manager Maurizio Sarri, who has used him on just one occasion this season in all competitions.

According to Tuttosport, Juventus are looking to make a quick profit on the Turkey international and would consider a bid in the region of €40m once the transfer window reopens in January.

Despite a serious injury suffered by Georgio Chiellini, Demiral has been unable to force his way into Sarri’s first team plans with former Arsenal transfer target Daniel Rugani, as well as Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci, the former Chelsea manager’s preferred options.

Arsenal tempted Juventus with a loan offer for Rugani in the summer which was knocked back, before they turned their attention to signing David Luiz.

Arsenal tried to sign Daniel Rugani in the summer from Juventus
Arsenal tried to sign Daniel Rugani in the summer from Juventus (Picture: Getty)

The presence of the experienced Brazilian has done little to rectify Arsenal’s defensive issues with Unai Emery’s side having 17 goals this season with only Burnley having shipped more of the teams currently in the top half of the table.

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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