Report: UCL side cooling interest in £30m Everton target with unwanted Euro 2020 record
Atalanta have cooled their interest in a summer transfer for Juventus defender and Everton target Merih Demiral, according to Calciomercato.
Juventus are looking to sell Demiral after Massimiliano Allegri expressed desires to bring Fiorentina enforcer Nikola Milenkovic to Turin. And the returning boss has also marked Matthijs de Ligt as an untouchable player.
The continued presence of De Light and the potential arrival of Milenkovic will see Demiral struggle for minutes next season. And for this reason the Old Lady will likely push the Turkey international to accept a move away.
But Juventus will not sell Demiral at any cost and want €35m (£30m). Even though the 24-cap centre-back endured an underwhelming campaign last term with injuries helping to restrict the 23-year-old’s ability to show his potential.
The Allianz Stadium outfit’s valuation could see them struggle to sell Demiral, though, as Atalanta are unwilling to pay so much. But they hope interest from the Premier League will ease those concerns with Everton particularly keen.
Juventus believe the financial riches in England will help clubs to be able to afford a deal for Demiral. The Turin powerhouse are also eager to avoid him joining a Serie A rival after finishing fourth behind Atalanta last season.
The Toffees were said to be on pole for Demiral’s signature recently, as well, despite interest from Tottenham. Spurs’ new Managing Director Fabio Paratici has also long admired the defender from his time in charge at Juventus.
TBR’s view: Everton should note Atalanta’s Demiral concern
While Juventus are keen for Demiral to head to England, Everton should note Atalanta cooling their interest in paying £30m. As the Turkey international’s poor form from the last Serie A season unfortunately continued at Euro 2020.
Calciomercato describe his display against Switzerland on Monday as the worst on the field. He also claimed the unwanted record of being the first to score an own goal at the tournament against Italy for the first goal of the competition.
Demiral really struggled against Haris Seferovic on Monday, as well. And he will not want to see any replays of the Switzerland striker’s goal any time soon, having allowed the ball to roll through his legs so sluggish were his reactions.