Reports stemming from Turkey today suggest that Premier League giants Arsenal have made initial contact over the potential signing of Juventus starlet Merih Demiral.
21-year-old central-defender Demiral has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 18 months.
After struggling somewhat as part of the youth setup of Portuguese giants Sporting CP, Demiral was loaned out to Alanyaspor last summer.
The Turk’s return to his home country was then made permanent in January.
However, just 24 hours later, it was announced that Demiral had departed the Bahçeşehir School Arena for Serie A outfit Sassuolo, on loan with obligation to buy.
The no-nonsense stopper’s standout showings at the heart of the Neroverdi’s backline over the second-half of last season, though, didn’t go at all unnoticed, eventually resulting in Demiral joining his 3rd club in the space of 12 months back in July.
Juventus were the outfit to have beaten off all competition to clinch a deal for the youngster, with Demiral’s form during the Bianconeri’s pre-season having seen him earn rave reviews from the club’s fans.
The early months of the new season, though, have not exactly proven fruitful for Demiral in Turin.
Despite Giorgio Chiellini being sidelined with a long-term injury, the Turk has majorly struggled for game-time.
Sitting behind Leonardo Bonucci and big-money summer signing Matthijs de Ligt in the central-defensive pecking order of Maurizio Sarri, Demiral has been afforded just a solitary Serie A start to this point in the campaign.
Surprisingly, even Daniele Rugani, who looked certain to depart the Allianz Arena following Demiral’s arrival during the summer, has been opted for over the 21-year-old of late.
As such, inevitable rumours have begun to crop up of late, suggesting that Demiral could soon be lured away from Juventus, despite having joined the Ole Lady less than 6 months ago.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Turkish-Football.com, one club extremely keen on the stopper’s signature are Premier League outfit Arsenal.
The Gunners have majorly struggled on the defensive front of late, with the likes of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos having been singled out for heavy criticism.
As such, Demiral is seemingly viewed as an ideal reinforcement at the heart of Arsenal’s backline, with Turkish-Football having gone as far as to claim that contact has already been established between the capital giants and the 21-year-old’s representatives.
A move as early as January is even touted.
Juventus, for their part, are not thought to be keen on a sale, but would reportedly consider offers worth over €30 million.