West Ham United are among the clubs who are keen on Merih Demiral this transfer window, according to emerging reports…
JuveLive.it claim that Juventus are prepared to sell the Turkey international this summer and are hoping to receive in the region of €35m (£30m) for his signature.
It’s believed that the Irons have strong interest in Demiral but so do Premier League rivals Everton, so they could go head-to-head in their battle to secure him, although neither club is said to have made a concrete offer yet.
The 23-year-old endured a nightmare at Euro 2020 after his nation were knocked out of the group stages, losing all three of their matches against Italy, Wales and Switzerland.
It has been widely reported that Hammers boss David Moyes is seeking defensive reinforcements, which may not come as too much of a surprise as he has let Fabian Balbuena leave the club following the expiry of his contract, whilst Issa Diop is courting interest from AC Milan.
Going by Turkey’s performances this month, Demiral is probably not someone who the Scotsman should be targeting, but it shouldn’t be a slight on his qualities. After all, he’s still only 23 and that’s far from being at peak level for a centre-back.
Described as an “absolute beast” by football scout Jacek Kulig, the 6 foot 3 colossus has proven to be a physically imposing presence throughout his career so far, averaging 2.8 aerial battles won per game, via WhoScored.
Furthermore, averages of 4.2 clearances, 1.6 interceptions and 1.4 tackles show that he is well-rounded and has an exceptional ability to read the game and subsequently act on his instincts.
By comparison, this is as many interceptions as West Ham’s box-to-box midfielder Tomas Soucek in 2020/21, and a greater tackling average than Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson, so he would be in good company at the London Stadium.
Also lauded as a “natural leader” in the past, Demiral is someone who will give the team his all, something which Serie A expert Conor Clancy recently reiterated to Football FanCast in an exclusive interview.
He said of the Turkish defender: “He can pass the ball well and he’s a little bit old school as well so he’s more than happy to go into the trenches and he will go to war with a striker if he needs to, and I think he improves any team he goes into.”
Demiral is said to be in “similar stature” to former Premier League great Nemanja Vidic, so he should have no trouble in adapting to the conditions of top-flight English football, if that is to be believed.
If GSB are to keep Moyes happy, they need to secure him a new defensive beast, and the £26m-rated Juventus star is certainly an intriguing option on the above evidence.