Everton are reportedly eyeing a move for Merih Demiral in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Centre-back needed
The Merseyside club certainly need to improve on their defence if they have ambitions of qualifying for Europe next year, given that they conceded 48 goals in the Premier League last season.
A new central defender could go a long way towards resolving that and would give the Toffees another option alongside the likes of Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina.
The Latest: Demiral interest
As per Tuttosport, Everton have probed Juventus about the potential signing of Demiral, along with Atalanta and AS Roma.
However, the Turin giants are looking for a fee in the region of €40m (£34.4m) for his signature.
The Verdict: Sign
Although the fee may seem a bit steep, especially for a centre-back, Everton should do all that they can to try and get Demiral on their books.
Described as an ‘outstanding’ player by Italian media after a stellar display back in February against eventual Serie A winners Inter Milan, he has certainly shown that he is more than capable of playing at the highest level, and at just 23 years of age, he has a lot of potential still left to fulfil.
Should Everton sign Demiral?
Even though Turkey went out at the group stages at Euro 2020, Demiral performed very well at times, averaging 6.7 clearances, 1.7 interceptions and 1.3 tackles per game, while also winning 4.3 of his duels per match (Sofascore).
Everton would do well to snap him up ahead of some of the top clubs in European football following his performances in this summer’s tournament.
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