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Arsenal may help Merih Demiral fulfil his former manager’s prophecy

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Arsenal could make a move for Merih Demiral during the January transfer window, as reported by Bleacher Report.

What’s the story?

Demiral only moved to Juventus from Sassuolo in the summer of 2019 for a fee of €18m (£15.4m), but could be set to make a move again due to a lack of game time.

The Turkey international has managed just one solitary Serie A appearance this campaign, though there were positive signs to be had, as he won 5 aerial duels, while making 1 tackle and 3 clearances.

It is suggested that Arsenal will be kept in the loop if the 21-year-old becomes available at some point during the winter window.

The Gunners are also reportedly interested in signing RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

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Fulfilling a prophecy

Demiral has been a nomadic figure in 2019. Initially he joined Alanyaspor from Sporting Lisbon in the January window before he moved to Sassuolo on loan.

His temporary move to the Serie A outfit was made permanent in the summer but he almost immediately moved to Juventus just four days later.

If he was to make a move to the Emirates, this would see him fulfil a prophecy set by Sergen Yalcin, his manager from Alanyaspor, who 90min report to have said: “Merih Demiral will be a ​Premier League player within 1-2 seasons. The Turkish national team has its new centre-back for the next 10-12 years.”

Who would you rather see Arsenal sign?

Merih Demiral

Merih Demiral

Dayot Upamecano

Dayot Upamecano

It would be slightly bizarre if Arsenal were to sign Demiral as they would be the fifth club he has been involved with in 2019.

There are positive signs from his time at Sassuolo regarding his ability though, as he averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 5.6 clearances per game.

When Arsenal’s defensive issues this campaign are taken under consideration, he may be able to make a difference for the team.

If the Gunners do indeed decide to swoop in January, Yalcin will proudly be able to say “I told you so”.

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