According to an update by TuttoJuve, Tottenham Hotspur have lodged a bid to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral with a fee of around £27.3 million – but the Serie A giants reportedly turned down a huge offer from both Daniel Levy and fellow Premier League side Everton.
Demiral, who started just five league games for the Old Lady last season due to injury, still managed to impress in that time – averaging a 92% pass accuracy and making 2.5 clearances per match (WhoScored).
Who is the better defender?
These glimpses of quality have arguably swayed Spurs into Demiral’s direction despite a lengthy spell on the sidelines over 19/20 due to a cruciate ligament rupture, with Everton also displaying a firm interest as per this report.
Indeed, both clubs have submitted £27.3 million offers to Juve in their search for defenders, but it appears Tottenham may have to look elsewhere for a Milan Skriniar alternative after their proposal was rejected.
The 6ft 4 star, deemed ‘brimming with confidence‘ at one stage before his injury by Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri, was preferred over fellow elite centre-half Matthijs de Ligt last year in flashes.
Now, with his market value hovering around the £24.3 million mark (Transfermarkt), Tottenham may need a much larger sum given Juve’s stance on their latest bid.
A 13-cap international for his native Turkey, it’s clear that Demiral does possess enough quality to succeed in England’s top flight based off his past plaudits – with Skriniar negotiations still a work of progress and the 22-year-old now emerging as a potential secondary choice.
Whether or not Spurs come back with a new and improved offer remains to be seen, but landing the colossus would arguably be a good bit of business.
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