An update has emerged on Everton target Merih Demiral, regarding Borussia Dortmund’s interest in his services.
He claims that the Italian giants Juventus value the defender at £30m (€35m), with Atalanta also said to be looking at him as a potential replacement for Cristian Romero.
Everton chief Marcel Brands must act swiftly to secure a deal for Demiral this summer following this update from Romano. With Dortmund and Atalanta potentially challenging the Toffees for his signature, acting quickly could be their best chance of being able to land him as the other two clubs are able to offer Champions League football next season.
This means that Demiral could choose the German or Italian side ahead of Rafa Benitez’s blues because he would not be able to play European football, initially, at Goodison Park.
However, if Everton rush in to complete a deal before Atalanta and Dortmund, then they may be able to snap him up before either of them are able to pounce.
They should do exactly that as he would be a dream addition to the squad. The 23-year-old is a proven performer at the top level, having played in the Serie A and the Champions League for Juventus. In the 2019/20 campaign, he averaged a superb WhoScored rating of 7.05 – having managed a score of 7.11 for Sassuolo the previous year. This suggests that he could arrive at Goodison Park and be good enough to excel in the Premier League, as he has shown that he can put in good performances for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
“The Turkish international towers above most players, is physical, strong in the air and surprisingly technical with the ball for such a big man. He is a natural leader and cool under pressure.”
In the Nations League for Turkey, Demiral averaged an excellent 3.6 aerial battles won per game at centre-back. This is more than any Everton player managed in the Premier League, with Michael Keane’s 3.2 the highest.
Demiral could be a quality, proven, addition to Rafa Benitez’s squad and Everton must work hard to land him ahead of Dortmund and Atalanta.
At the age of 23, he also has plenty of potential to improve over the next few years and would not arrive at the finished article, despite already competing at the top level, which should excite a coach like Benitez who likes to help player improve.