Leicester City are said to be ready to offer as much as €30m for out of favour Juventus defender Merih Demiral and will attempt to pry him away despite the Italian champions’ reluctance to sell.
The Turkey international arrived in Turin for close to €20m in the summer, but has made just two appearances since – most recently featuring in their dead rubber Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
As such, there has been a steady flow of interest in his signature, with AC Milan previously linked along with Arsenal and Manchester United.
He is just 21, however, and remains highly rated at Juventus, with CEO Fabio Paratici believed to be set against the departure of the centre back.
That news, in fact, was initially brought to the fray by Italian journalist Nicolo Schira – the same source who has provided our most recent update on Demiral’s situation.
Having been linked with a loan move for him in the summer, Schira now reports that Leicester want to pry him away on a permanent basis, and are ‘ready’ to test the waters with a €30m bid.
The claims are consistent with Schira’s prior coverage of the story, with Paratici’s admiration of the player still said to be a major stumbling block in any potential approach.
But nonetheless, the Foxes are believed to hold a serious interest and could wait until the summer, when Juve inevitably begin to clear out what is an immensely bloated squad, to make an approach.
Leicester currently boast the Premier League’s best defence, with Demiral’s international counterpart Caglar Soyuncu partnering Jonny Evans at the heart of a back four that has conceded just 11 league goals – three better than Liverpool’s 14.
Despite the defensive dominance that has them sitting in an impressive second place at present, however, it seems they are keen to proactively improve, and see the promising Demiral as the man to lift their defensive game even further.
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