Tottenham have reportedly joined the race for Juventus defender Merih Demiral, just days after it was claimed Liverpool could make an approach.
Demiral looked like one of the most promising defenders in Serie A after joining Juventus from Sassuolo in 2019. He enjoyed a strong calendar year in Italy between the two clubs.
However, his development was curtailed by an ACL injury in January 2020. He did not return until the final day of the season.
The Turkey international has since built up more continuity, already making more appearances this season than he did last year.
Despite this, he has only started five of Juventus’ first 15 Serie A games. Although he dislodged Matthijs De Ligt from their starting lineup at first last year, he has not been able to so far this time around.
Therefore, reports recently emerged claiming that Juventus had put Demiral up for sale. Liverpool were said to be interested, although he would come with a hefty price tag.
Now, new rumours have arisen, alleging that Liverpool are not the only club who could consider Demiral.
According to Don Balon, Barcelona are aware of the defender’s availability. The La Liga giants are looking for more options in defence as a priority this month.
However, they face competition in their pursuit of Demiral from Tottenham, who have come on strongly in the battle to lure him away from Turin.
Demiral seen as Sanchez replacement
The report claims that Tottenham have identified the 22-year-old as a potential replacement for Davinson Sanchez. The former Ajax defender is looking to leave Spurs this month after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.
Therefore, Mourinho could turn to Demiral to offer more security at the back. The centre-back supposedly likes the idea of playing in the Premier League, so could listen to offers.
Demiral remains under contract with the Serie A champions until 2024. Therefore, it will take a good offer to tempt Juventus into a sale, even if they are not completely against his departure.
Sanchez, meanwhile, could be on his way to Serie A instead – although not in a swap deal with Juventus.
Reports last month indicated he was a target for one of the Old Lady’s rivals for the Scudetto.