Juventus defender Merih Demiral is ‘excited’ by a potential move to high-flying Leicester City, with the Foxes reportedly at the front of the queue to sign the Turkish international.
Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been linked with the highly-rated 21-year-old, with Demiral failing to command a regular place in La Vecchia Signora’s side after his summer switch from Sassuolo.
but Demiral is now keen on a potential move to a side coached by Brendan Rodgers.
Maurizio Sarri has given Demiral more playing time of late, but talk of a move to Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Leicester has been mooted for the past month or so. Now, Bleacher Report
claim that although the Turkish international would ideally want to remain at Juve, he is ‘excited’ by the prospect of playing under Rodgers at King Power.
Currently, Demiral is competing with Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci for a first team spot, and has started the club’s last three games. Juventus see him as a long-term prospect, but do have the ageing Giorgio Chiellini waiting in the wings, once he recovers from injury.
Should he decide to leave, Leicester are the side who appeal most and there’s a belief that Demiral would be keen to work with a young and ever-improving side, under a manager who is known for nurturing and developing new talent.
A move to the Foxes would also reunite him with international compatriot and fan favourite Çağlar Söyüncü, a man who Demiral has forged a formidable partnership with in defence for Turkey.
However, if Leicester want to get their man, Calciomercato claim that they will have to pay around £35m for the player.
For now, Leicester will be focussing on what will be a tricky festive period, with a trip to Manchester City followed by a home game against a Liverpool side who are storming away at the top of the Premier League.