Everton are preparing an offer for Juventus center-back Merih Demiral, according to reports in Italy.
Demiral looked like a big prospect when he arrived at Juventus via Sassuolo. However, the Turkish international’s progress was halted by an ACL injury just months after his Juve debut. Since then there has been speculation that he will find a new club.
The Premier League has often been mentioned as a potential destination. For example, in February it was claimed that Liverpool sent a big offer for him before deciding to sign his Turkish compatriot Ozan Kabak instead.
But now rumors are circulating that Demiral could end up with rivals Liverpool instead. According to Transfer market, Everton are ready to move.
Carlo Ancelotti was looking for defensive reinforcements and obviously knows the Italian market well. Now the Toffees feel an opportunity to link him up with Demiral.
The report of Transfer market claims Everton has been learning about the 23-year-old in recent weeks. They are now ready to strengthen their interest with an offer.
Juventus are set to take Demiral off the books just months after turning down Liverpool’s apparent offer. The Serie A team want to make room to fund their own signings.
Therefore, Everton see an opportunity and plan to submit their first offer soon. They will put between 25 and 30 million euros on the table.
However, Juventus do not want to accept such low fees. Even so, they are open to negotiations.
Everton also already have an idea of the salary they would offer Demiral. It would be in the order of € 3million per season – an increase from what he currently earns in Turin.
The defender is not sure about his future and wants to wait until after Euro 2020 with Turkey. However, he may not have a choice, as Juventus want him to leave before June 30.
Therefore, his decision may depend on his country’s progress in the tournament. He hopes to impress on the big stage to attract big clubs, such as longtime Manchester United admirers, but Everton also have a strong stature and could appeal.
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Demiral isn’t the only defender currently plying his trade in Italy that Everton is interested in.
Reports earlier this week noted that Bologna needs to raise funds by selling players. Everton are hoping to take advantage of this by signing one of their rearguard members.
Newcastle could however compete with them for the signing of the player in question.
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