Man Utd, Arsenal to scout Turkey star on Thursday as January deal looms

Date published: Wednesday 13th November 2019 6:29

Arsenal and Manchester United will scout Turkey superstar Merih Demiral over the international break, one journalist claims.

According to Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones on Twitter, scouts from United and Arsenal will be present for Turkey v Iceland on Thursday evening in Istanbul to watch Demiral in action, possibly with view to a transfer.

Jones also claims there is a “growing chance” that Demiral will leave Juventus in January.

Demiral emerged as one of the most promising defenders in Serie A with Sassuolo last season, but upon moving to Juventus in the summer, has managed just one appearance – against newly-promoted side Verona



Consequently there has been speculation that the 21-year-old could be on the lookout for a new home in January, with Bleacher Report recently claiming that he wouldn’t mind moving on if his playing time does not increase.

Juventus are not thought to be looking to offload the player, who has made 10 appearances for Turkey and has been earning rave reviews.

United had made contact over the possibility of signing Demiral before they spent a world record fee for a defender on Harry Maguire, in the summer. However, United officials are still believed to be looking for a long-term partner for Maguire at the back and Demiral certainly fits the profile of being young and full of potential.

As for Arsenal, David Luiz was brought in over the summer as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny, but like United, their defensive record remains poor.

Demiral would not come on the cheap, with Juventus director Fabio Paratici claiming recently that the club had set a starting price tag of €40m – and AC Milan, via La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Demiral was the primary target.


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