Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti will be regretting seeing Juventus snub their offer for Turkish talent Merih Demiral this summer, having identified the centre-back as a potential option to bolster the Everton backline.
According to Tuttosport, Everton were one of many sides to have approached Juve this summer looking to complete a deal to lure Demiral away from the Allianz Stadium.
It is thought that as much as half the Premier League reached out to the Serie A behemoth in the hope that Demiral would be available for a transfer, having started just five top-flight fixtures last season under former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Demiral spent much of the campaign on the bench but missed six months through a cruciate ligament rupture suffered shortly after the turn of the year, sustained during a 2-1 win over AS Roma in which the 22-year-old struck the opening goal for his first and only of the term.
Juventus are believed to have offered a firm “no, thank you” to any approach for Demiral this summer, including from the likes of AC Milan, Manchester United, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Turin outfit were fixed in their stance that the £24.3m-rated talent would be one of just a handful of players who would not be leaving their clutches under any circumstances, as they consider Demiral to be a future pillar of their defence alongside Matthijs de Ligt.
There is no doubt that Brands and Ancelotti will be regretting seeing Juventus snub their offer for Demiral, as his arrival could have signalled Everton beginning to build their own European rivalling backline given how highly-rated the 22-year-old is in Turin.
Demiral is also said to be growing anxious on the bench at the Allianz Stadium and wishes to transform his position as a future gem into the now and be playing regularly, something that could have been on offer at Goodison Park.
Even before Demiral joined the Old Lady in the summer of 2019, he was earning vast praise for his efforts for Sassuolo, having been lauded by WhoScored via Turkish Football as the second-best performing Under 21 footballer in Europe’s top-five leagues behind only PSG wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.
Indeed, in that campaign he was averaging a whopping 5.6 clearances per game, as well as 1.7 tackles and 1.4 interceptions (WhoScored).
Minutes on the field for Juve have been hard to come by since Andrea Pirlo succeeded Sarri, with his sole outing to date lasting the final seven minutes in a 3-0 win over Sampdoria, but Demiral is already a regular for Turkey’s first-string and earned his 14th senior cap on Wednesday in a 3-3 draw with Germany.