The future of Juventus defender Merih Demiral now appears to be uncertain once again after Paolo Maldini tried hard to sign him, a report claims.
As Calciomercato.com writes, the Turkey international is in the squad for Juventus-Milan having recovered from an injury that kept him out for several weeks, and tonight will be a special match for him because the Rossoneri have been close to signing the central defender on several occasions, convinced of his physical strength and qualities.
In the summer of 2019 Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara were looking for a reinforcement in defence and had their eyes on Demiral as a player with ‘enormous room for improvement’ ahead of him, a key for the project of owners Elliott Management.
However, Juventus wanted €40m having signed him just a few weeks earlier from Sassuolo for €18m, so the Bianconeri played hard ball with Milan, Roma and Tottenham, all clubs that in the following months knocked on their door to ask for information.
Fast forward to today and Demiral is not considered non-transferable and if an important offer arrives, Juve would evaluate it carefully. Much of the future of the Juventus rearguard will depend on Giorgio Chiellini’s choice which will arrive by June. Everton are in the front row observing, but Milan are not because they are thinking of ‘investing a significant amount’ (€28m) on Fikayo Tomori.