Paying the reported price for Merih Demiral would suggest Liverpool feel quite desperate right now. Reports link the Reds with the Turkish defender.
Turkish outlet Fanatik makes the claim. They believe Liverpool are one of several clubs hoping to sign Demiral this month.
Juventus are open to a sale, too. But then comes their asking price for Demiral – around £45m.
The Old Lady aren’t interested in a loan-to-buy situation, either.
So just who is interested? Fanatik names Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, along with the Reds.
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Demiral, a very talented 22-year-old defender, clearly has suitors, then. But we still think this would paint Liverpool as fairly desperate.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing – let’s get that out of the way. Liverpool haven’t won in three and both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez will likely miss the season.
If Liverpool are desperate, they have good reason to be. Especially as Joel Matip is also out – they have no senior centre-halves.
But £45m for Demiral? That sounds like Juventus taking advantage. They only paid £16m, per the Fanatik article, to sign him 18 months ago.
And it’s not as though Demiral has set the world alight with his form in that time. Quite the opposite – he’s played around 20 times because of an ACL injury.
Such a serious injury shouldn’t see his value triple.
On top of all that, Demiral is a player without a great body of work behind him. He’s clearly talented but there’s so much unknown.
For one, he’s never completed a top-flight season for a club before. Sporting sold him before using him, he spent six months with Alanyaspor, six months with Sassuolo, and has been injured at Juventus.
Again, £45m? For that price, there simply must be more sure things. If Liverpool go near that for a fee this month, we can only assume they’re desperate to get someone specific in.
And at the same time, we’d entirely understand if they are.