TBR View: Arsenal need to sign Demiral ahead of White amidst financial struggles

Recent reports have claimed that Arsenal have fallen behind Everton in the race to sign Juventus ace Merih Demiral.

According to Tuttosport, the Blues have entered talks to sign the Turkish defender. The Gunners are also thought to be keen on the player, who is valued at £37.5m by the Old Lady.

However, a new report, which emerged today, claims the Italians are allowing the player to leave on loan with an option to buy.

It is a significant boost for the Gunners, who have been given a golden chance to sign a centre-back.

At this moment in time, a deal for Demiral would be a better option than for Ben White.

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Brighton are said to be demanding a staggering £50m for the Englishman, whilst, Juventus are asking for just under £40m.

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Demiral possesses more quality than White

On the face of it, White has shown no signs of being worth that much money.

A comparison between the two players shows off the difference in quality between the two.

Demiral averaged a higher pass accuracy rating across league games than the 23-year-old.

The Turk also averaged more clearances and was dribbled past fewer times than the Seagulls star.

Move will help Arsenal amid financial struggle

There’s no way of hiding it, Arsenal are struggling financially.

A report in March claimed the outfit lost £47.8m after tax for the 2019/2020 campaign. The pandemic has left a sizable hole in the club’s pockets, making this transfer window more difficult.

Smart business is key this summer as the team look to recover from their financial struggle.

Targeting White for £50m would be an awful decision, especially when you can get a player of Serie A ace’s calibre for just £37.5m.

Arsenal need to sign Demiral ahead of White as they look for defensive cover this summer.

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