Everton are interested in Juventus defender Merih Demiral, as they look to up their summer recruitment drive [Sport Witness via Calcio Mercato].
The Lowdown: Everton reshape ahead of 2021/22
With pre-season just around the corner, the Toffees are still managerless after Carlo Ancelotti’s shock return to Real Madrid [BBC].
However, they now seem to have set their eyes on the 23-year-old Turkish international as they look to restructure ahead of 2021/22.
Would Demiral be a good signing for Everton?
The Latest: Everton ‘watching’ Demiral, ‘very interested’ in signing him
Presently, Everton are said to be currently ‘watching’ the central-defender at the European Championships, with his current employers being open to offers for his signature [Sport Witness].
Furthermore, the Merseyside giants are understood to be ‘very interested’ in his services [Sport Witness]. Previously valued at around €40 million, he could leave for significantly less after falling down the pecking order at the Old Lady [Liverpool Echo].
The Verdict: Demiral would be an excellent fit for the Toffees
Undoubtedly, Demiral would be a high profile signing for the Toffees as they look to improve on their 10th placed finish last time out in the Premier League [ESPN].
In 2020/21, he made 24 appearances for the Turin based side as they secured UEFA Champions League qualification on the final day of the campaign [BBC].
Encouragingly for Everton supporters, the Turk made an average of 2.6 clearances per 90 minutes across last year [WhoScored].
To put this into perspective, this was the second-highest average rate out of the entire Juventus first-team squad [WhoScored].
Given his relatively young age, Demiral could potentially be a key figure at Goodison Park for years to come should he make the move to Goodison Park. Everton should look to press ahead and get the deal over the line.
In other news, Everton are eyeing an international goalkeeper.
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