Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral, according to reports. The Reds are keeping tabs on his situation under manager Andrea Pirlo – prompting plenty of reaction from supporters on Twitter.
Demiral, 22, has clocked up just 17 appearances for Juventus since signing from Sassuolo in the summer of 2019. An ACL injury prohibited the Turkey international to just eight outings last term.
A muscle injury this time around has limited him to nine appearances during 2020/21. He did, however, begin the season as first-choice. The Serie champions have an array of centre-back options, too. The likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Matthijs de Ligt and Daniele Rugani are all at Pirlo’s disposal.
Turkish publication Fanatik claims that Liverpool are monitoring Demiral now the January transfer window has finally begun. However, Jurgen Klopp is not alone in monitoring the young defender. Indeed, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City also uphold an interest.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are also said to be among the interested parties. TuttoJuve, an Italian outlet focused on Juventus news, claimed that Everton and Spurs tested the club’s resolve with a £25 million last summer. Both were rejected, as a result.
What RTK has to say
So, it appears Liverpool have been linked with another centre-back alternative in January. At this point, it feels more of a suggestion than a claim of intetest.
Rather, the point here is the market. It’s a very awkward one for Liverpool to buy in.
There is a clear difference between what Liverpool need and what they want long-term.
Getting a long-term investment at a reasonable price is proving to be a difficult task, as a result.
If we had to guess early? Liverpool will continue to find internal solutions rather than sign anyone this month. They’ll pass up on the chance to sign cover for the injury crisis as no one currently ticks all their boxes.
But as previously stated, that’s just a guess. Perhaps if there is value in a player such as Demiral, a compromise could be met.
Liverpool supporters have since reacted on Twitter to the latest transfer news surrounding a viable centre-back option in January – and many would be more than happy to take him at Anfield come the end of the window.