Milan step up interest in Man Utd, Arsenal defensive target

AC Milan are still reportedly interested in a move for Juventus defender Merih Demiral, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Rossoneri have had their fair share of struggles at the back so far this season, having kept just one clean sheet in their last eight games.

Part of the problems are at centre-back, where Mateo Musacchio has been disappointing so far while Leo Duarte has seemingly not done enough to convince.

Recent reports have suggested that a move for a new centre-half could well be on the cards come January, although that also depends on the availability of injured star Mattia Caldara.

Should that not go to plan, Calciomercato recently reported that Milan could target one of Juventus duo Daniele Rugani or Demiral.

According to Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti, the Diavolo saw a €35m bid for Demiral rejected during the summer along with LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid.

Juve apparently wanted to start the season with five centre-backs on their books, something which has proven to be a wise move given Giorgio Chiellini’s injury – as reported on SempreMilan.

However, Demiral has struggled for game time and as such Milan could go back in with another bid in January, the report adds.

Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones also recently claimed that Demiral is open to moving in the winter, with Arsenal and United both interested in the 21-year-old.