AC Milan remain keen on signing centre-back Merih Demiral from Juventus, but the Serie A champions are not looking to sell one of their best prospects anytime soon.
Demiral has struggled for any sort of game time in a Juve shirt and has made just one appearance all season, which came against Hellas Verona in September.
However, despite the lack of appearances, there has been much interest around Europe for the highly-rated Turk, with Arsenal and Manchester United previously linked.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calcio Mercato), Milan are another club who want to sign Demiral, and have made it clear that they are willing to sign the player on a permanent basis in January.
It is believed that Juventus are not keen on selling the 21-year-old though, and will demand a fee of around €40m. Tuttosport also claim the Bianconeri would much rather sell other players first.
As quoted by Football Italia, the report states that Daniele Rugani is someone they would prefer to ship out, with Mario Mandzukic, Emre Can and Mattia Perin also heading for the exit door.
Demiral has forged a stunning partnership with Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu for Turkey, helping his country qualify for next year’s European Championships. They conceded just three goals in the qualifiers – the joint lowest tally alongside Belgium.
It is clear why Juventus would be so desperate to keep him, but he may begin to grow frustrated at the lack of minutes on the pitch and decide to leave in order to get some more game time and develop his career further.