The Daily Star have claimed that Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Juventus defender Merih Demiral but are unlikely to sign the Turkish defender, with Andrea Pirlo’s side keen to keep the centre-back at the Old Lady.
Demiral, 22, has broken into the Juventus side on a regular basis this season, starting and finishing the club’s last five Serie A matches. He now has just 16 outings to his name with Juve, after an anterior cruciate ligament problem limited him last term.
According to Tuttosport, Juventus rejected offers from Everton, Wolves and Leicester for Demiral in the summer and consider him a future star. CalcioMercato, meanwhile, claim Juve rate the Turkish powerhouse at £34million.
Now, the latest report claims Arsenal have been taking a look at Demiral – sending scouts to watch the Serie A champion. However, Juve remain insistent on keeping Demiral, and are unlikely to sanction any potential exit.
Replaced by Pirlo in the summer, ex-Chelsea gaffer Maurizio Sarri said last season – as per Football Italia: “He has this great positive energy that he transmits to his teammates. In training, he is bursting with energy.”
TBR’s view – Demiral would be an excellent addition
Arsenal signed Gabriel in the summer and the Brazilian has impressed. However, the Gunners still need to sign a centre-back – with David Luiz, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi all in the final year of their contracts at Arsenal.
All three are expected to leave next summer, leaving the Gunners with injury-prone Calum Chambers, rookie William Saliba, linked-away Rob Holding and new addition Gabriel. They need another centre-back.
Demiral would be a real coup for Arsenal and could be the centre-back leader they have needed for years. But Juve would be foolish to let him go – especially after he is impressing of late.