Report: Tottenham monitoring Juventus defender Merih Demiral
Tottenham still have their eye on Juventus defender Merih Demiral, according to Football London’s Tottenham correspondent, Alasdair Gold.
Spurs have been linked with the Turkish international for some time and remain keen.
The 23-year-old played in 24 matches for the Old Lady in all competitions, playing largely at centre-back.
He can also operate at right-back, although he is far more accustomed to featuring at the heart of the back four.
Tottenham will be desperate for reinforcements during the summer. They finished seventh last season and that simply won’t do.
In order to rediscover themselves, new defenders will be sought and Demiral looks a nice fit.
A no-nonsense defender would be ideal for Tottenham who have been soft at the back during 2020/21.
Demiral has only played 32 times for Juventus in total and he will surely relish the first-team football at Tottenham.
Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez endured poor campaigns for Spurs; whilst the evergreen Toby Alderweireld was also pretty ordinary.
Demiral would certainly help shore things up and it seems as though Tottenham still maintain an interest.
Gold does claim, however, that the ball will be in the court of the new manager – whoever that might be.
Demiral has bags of potential
The man with 20 caps for his country hasn’t really made the grade at Juventus.
Some niggling injuries have hampered his progress but he needs to be playing regularly.
A club like Tottenham could hand him the chance to do that and at 24 he could still improve.
Demiral probably wouldn’t cost the earth in the way of a transfer fee and he earns £58,000-a-week in Turin.
If Spurs are to gatecrash the top four once again they must sign better players, and particularly upgrade their defensive options.
In that sense, Demiral might just prove a perfect addition to the Spurs ranks.
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