Juventus are reportedly not ‘super keen’ on allowing defender Merih Demiral leave the club this January.
Dean Jones, reporter for Bleacher Report, has written on Twitter that the Turkish centre-back, 21, is open to leaving the club in the upcoming window if he can’t get break into the first team.
The tweet also states that Arsenal and Manchester United are sniffing around the defender.
Juventus defender Merih Demiral will be open to the idea of a move in Jan if he can't break into team. I'm told there is some interest from Arsenal and Man Utd.
Juve not super keen to sell him though at this stage
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) November 1, 2019
With Juve having such a plethora of options at centre-half, it’s not really surprising to see at least one of them being linked away with a move.
Demiral joined the club in the summer from Sassuolo, but has failed to implement himself in the first-team squad. Maurizio Sarri prefers to play four at the back, meaning there are essentially only two spots available in his team for Demiral, and when he’s competing with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt, Daniele Rugani and Giorgio Chiellini, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he has only started once this season in Serie A (WhoScored).
Considering he has just joined the club – and that Juve broke the bank in the summer to bring in de Ligt – then he shouldn’t really be too shocked at his lack of game time.
The best solution for both Juventus and Demiral at this point might be to allow the player on loan for the rest of the campaign in January.
That way, Demiral will not have his development halted and they can take a look at him playing consistently at a decent level. While United or Arsenal are probably less likely to be interested in a loan, there are probably others in Serie A or the Premier League who would love to have him for six months – and his performances over that period could be a good indication of what his future holds at Juve.
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