According to a report from Turkish newspaper Sabah via Sport Witness, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is ‘crazy’ about Juventus defender Merih Demiral and could look to bring the centre-back to the Etihad Stadium for a fee worth around £38.2 million – resulting in some Sky Blues supporters hailing the potential business.
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Demiral, who has amassed an impressive 1.5 tackles on average per game whilst accumulating a 91.7% pass success rate in just four Serie A outings for Juventus, as per WhoScored.com, is reportedly seen as a defensive acquisition with great potential to play in a Guardiola-like side.
By comparison, City’s current natural centre back pairing of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have grown similar numbers when it comes to playing out from the back – with both players garnering a 92.4% and 93.9% average in the league respectively this campaign.
As a result, Demiral seems like a natural fit for Guardiola as a defender who looks comfortable on the ball – exciting these Sky Blues supporters into praying for his signature.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter.
Replacing Nico? Gwan then.
— Iddin (@khairyizuddin) January 9, 2020
Aggressive, pacy & decent on the ball!
— Woody 93.20 (@CWoodfull) January 9, 2020
On my knees
— Trev 🇯🇲 (@mcfctrxv) January 9, 2020
i hope this happens 🙏🏽
— Your Father👴🏽 (@JonesChiewelite) January 9, 2020
I wish this is true. He’s quality
— ⚡️🇧🇼 (@Priceless_Silva) January 9, 2020
Please make this happen
— Voldemort (@thembvlihle_jt) January 9, 2020
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