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Liverpool reportedly eye up Merih Demiral as Juventus prepare to sell

Liverpool are looking at Merih Demiral from Juventus, according to reports. The Turkey international should be available this summer.

This comes from TuttoJuve of the TuttoMercatoWeb network. They claim that Liverpool are one of a host of clubs looking to sign Merih Demiral from Juventus.

They join Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in that regard.

Juventus are yet to receive any offers for the player but suitors line up for the 23-year-old. It shouldn’t be long before someone starts the bidding war.

Merih Demiral to Liverpool?

We saw this one coming. Football Italia reported a few weeks ago that Demiral was on the market as part of a fire-sale at Juventus.

The Old Lady hope to bring in around £90m to help fund their own business this summer. And, inevitably, there would be a link between Demiral and Liverpool.

After all, it’s no secret that the Reds need a centre-back. An injury crisis this season showed they’re short and boosting the numbers is absolutely vital.

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In Demiral, there’s a 23-year-old centre-back with elite experience available for transfer. Liverpool, surely, would look at that.

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Demiral has the potential to be an elite player, while his time with Juventus would allow for a quick transition at Liverpool. He’s used to playing under high pressure and in a side that has plenty of possession, for one.

But there’s a catch here, of course. Demiral has a worrying history of injuries over the last year.

It started in January 2020 when a serious knee injury required surgery. His return led to muscle problems in both late November and early December, though.

The same problem then showed up again in March this year.

Worryingly, the latter three were all muscle problems in his right leg. The knee injury, though, was in his left.

Demiral doesn’t feel like a safe choice, then, if Liverpool want someone they can move forward with. Especially at a time when there are so many injuries in your defence as it is.

But it appears that Demiral would be a last-gasp alternative, anyway. The Sunday World claims Liverpool want both Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak, with no mention of the Juventus man.

We’d be surprised if Liverpool hadn’t looked at Demiral but Konate and Kabak probably make more sense. Yes, Konate has his own injury issues but they don’t seem quite as severe as Demiral’s.

So while they might consider Demiral, we don’t expect a move to happen.

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