Juventus defender Merih Demiral has told JuveFC.com that he is focusing on putting 100% into training and any first-team opportunities he is given at Juve – amid reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Demiral, 21, joined Juventus in the summer from Serie A side Sassuolo. He has endured already a very colourful career despite his tender age, turning out for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and Alanyaspor in Turkey.
The 12-time Turkey international – who has formed a solid partnership with Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu at international level – moved to Juve in the summer, but has only played one game for the Italian champions under Maurizio Sarri.
The signing of Matthijs de Ligt pushed Demiral down the pecking order – limiting him to just one game which has alerted Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United according to Bleacher Report. Demiral gave a response when asked about his future.
“As long as I do it, things are likely to be good for me. As always, I continue to focus on my work. Then my team takes care of the market,” Demiral added, teasing interested parties over his future.
TBR’s view – Demiral a class act, but who needs him most?
Manchester United have a whole host of centre-back options, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not have been impressed with those trying to become Harry Maguire’s permanent partner. Victor Lindelof did shine against Manchester United on Saturday.
United are solid at centre-back, then, but Spurs could do with an addition in that position. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are in the final months of their contracts, though Alderweireld seems much more likely to remain.
But out of the three reportedly interested sides, Arsenal desperately need Demiral. The Gunners continue to struggle at the back, with David Luiz failing to plug the gap. They nee Demiral more than any of the other interested clubs.