Everton on pole for transfer of Tottenham Hotspur target Merih Demiral
According to Corriere dello Sport, Everton are on pole position to sign Tottenham Hotspur target Merih Demiral from Juventus.
Demiral is a player Spurs have tracked for some time, with their interest stretching beyond former manager Jose Mourinho (football.london). Their position has been dependent on who Chairman Daniel Levy appoints to replace the Portuguese tactician, however.
Interest from Goodison Park may now also hinge on who replaces Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian left for Real Madrid. But Everton are currently on pole to sign Demiral as Juventus warm to selling the Turkey international this summer.
Like Tottenham, Everton’s interest also extends beyond their former manager. Gazzetta dello Sport stated in April that the Merseysiders favoured Demiral over including one of Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey or Federico Bernardeschi in a swap deal for Moise Kean.
Levy now has a window to pip Everton to a deal, though, as Demiral will wait until after Euro 2020 to decide his future. The 23-year-old has attracted widespread interest beyond the Premier League clubs and will take his time assessing all available options.
Juventus are likely to demand an initial €40million (£34m) to sell Demiral (Calciomercato) and will reject any loan transfers. Former Juve Sporting Director Fabio Paratici – now a target for Spurs (Guardian) – also admires the centre-back highly.
Paratici’s admiration of Demiral’s ability saw the former Juve chief reject approaches from Leicester and AC Milan previously, as well. But the defender only started 10 of his 15 Serie A appearances last term after struggling with injuries.
TBR’s view: Tottenham and Everton need Demiral
Both Everton and Tottenham will need to sign a new centre-back this summer, making links to Demiral no surprise. The fact that both clubs’ interest stretches beyond their former managers will also raise the chances of a transfer battle.
Spurs must target an improved backline under a new boss as the performances of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier last season proved they are not a long-term solution. But Mason Holgate’s loss of form and questions over Yerry Mina ensure the Blues are no different.
Leeds and Aston Villa’s forwards ran Dier ragged in two of his final three games of the term. He was left flat-footed against both, with Raphinha leaving the defender woefully exposed. Holgate rarely looked comfortable in his recent outings at centre-half, either.
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