Arsenal showing strongest interest in potential transfer of £27m Serie A star

Arsenal are interested in Juventus defender Merih Demiral.

Arsenal are reported as being the side in the ‘lead’ for the race to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral this summer.

That same report from Calciomercato, however, states that it currently looks unlikely that the talented 21-year-old will be on the move this year.

Demiral is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, and if we could perhaps pay a little more than that to persuade Juventus to let him go, it could be fine business for us.

The Turkey international looks one of the finest young defenders in Europe at the moment, and would surely strengthen us in what has long been an area of weakness.

While it will be good to have William Saliba coming in once his loan back at Saint-Etienne ends, we will surely need more options at the back as arguably all three of David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi need replacing.

10 Comments

  1. gunnerforlife says:

    The point is whether he is ready to come to Arsenal. No doubt Arsenal is a big club with a global brand but currently Juventus are doing better and are in the CL.

  2. Marty says:

    The same report says we are in the lead to sign him and then says he is unlikely to leave Juventus, is it worth reading any of these rumours, better to just wait until we actually do sign somebody.

  3. Siamois says:

    With Saliba,Mari,Luiz and whomever of the other CB,s are not sold I think CB won’t be a priority for MA,anyway we have other priorities like a proper DM(very physical,a beast) that would really help,our defenders need cover then we can look at other areas me think.

    1. HAPISOL says:

      I agree…

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Has been a major weakness in the Arsenal midfield not addressed since Viera and Gilberto Silva departed.

        1. Siamois says:

          Tell me about it,but the biggest question is why it hasn’t been addressed yet and if MA will?

  4. Amitosh says:

    We will have Luiz(cant move him on), Saliba, Mustafi, Holding, Mari(if bought) and Sokratis – and Mavropanos on loan. We can hopefully move Sokratis/Mustafi on, but getting another unproven player is not the solution. Either buy young or promote from within.

  5. JW says:

    Arsenal badly need an Ndidi type player!!

    Rabiot is more trouble than he is worth.
    Arsenal shouldn’t touch him with a barge pole, he keeps wanting to leave when things don’t go his way.

    Arsenal really do not need him in their dressing room.

    (He appears to have an Oedipus Complex, his mother is his manager.)

  6. jon fox says:

    Decent article , apart from “arguably all three of Luix, Sokratis and Mustafi”, which should surely be written as UNANSWERABLE”!

    1. jon fox says:

      I should instead have said” UNARGUABLY”!

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