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Newcastle ‘most interested’ club in Merih Demiral as Juventus set price to fund own purchase

Merih Demiral warming up for Atalanta

Newcastle United could capitalise from a transfer chain of events involving Juventus defender Merih Demiral, according to a report.

Demiral spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Atalanta from Juventus. Across all competitions, he made 42 appearances. Despite his frequent involvement, though, Atalanta may not activate their option to buy.

In that case, Juventus will have to find a new solution for the Turkey international. According to Calciomercato.it, it is unlikely they will have a space for him back in their squad.

Instead, Juventus are hoping to sign Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been made available by Napoli. Selling Demiral, whose contract expires in 2024, would allow them to raise the necessary funds.

Therefore, the report reminds that Newcastle are showing an interest in Demiral. They are said to be the leading suitor from several in the Premier League.

Calciomercato claim Newcastle would have no problems affording the centre-back. Juventus could sell Demiral for a figure between €40m and €50m (£34.2m to £42.7m).

Thanks to their Saudi-backed takeover last year, Newcastle are capable of competing for players worth those prices. At the values being touted for Demiral, he would be either their record signing or second most expensive purchase of all time.

At the age of 24, he would be a long-term investment. He fits in with their need for a new centre-back to partner January arrival Dan Burn.

Demiral could help Newcastle build defence for future

Merih Demiral, Uros Djurdjevic Turkey v Montenegro September 2021

The likes of Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez are also among their defensive ranks. But other than Lascelles, each member of that department is in their 30s.

Therefore, Newcastle will have to plan for the future of their defence. Demiral has a good blend of potential and experience and would therefore be a sensible reinforcement.

The Magpies must decide whether he is worth the sums being asked, though. They will have to balance their spending across the squad during the summer, so must allocate their vast funds appropriately.

If the price is right, though, Demiral would be a decent starting point for their summer activity.

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