Liverpool in pole position to sign €30m-rated Serie A defender

By | February 15, 2021

The Merseyside giants are among the teams keeping a close eye on Merih Demiral. The Juventus defender is facing an uncertain future at the team, with the Old Lady set to make an extraordinary summer swoop for Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos.

Ramos’ possible arrival in Turin could force Bianconeri to get rid of at least one existing centre-back, with Merih tipped as the prime target. It should serve as the perfect boost for the Reds who are particularly keen on securing the services of Demiral as the German manager seems to strengthen his defensive options in the summer.

Turkey international could also provide some much-needed competition for Joe Gomez, Ben Davies and Kabak if he stays at Anfield beyond this summer. It would ultimately make the German manager less reliant on the services of young academy prospects like Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

However, it will be interesting to see whether the Reds entertains other options, especially considering the number of top-quality defenders that are going to be available in the summer. The likes of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Upamecano have all emerged as attractive assets in the market, so a lot could depend on Merih’s valuation.

Although the 22-year-old defender is undoubtedly a quality defender, a fee in the region of €50m could indeed be a shrewd move, considering the fact that Real Madrid’s other top centre-back in Raphael Varane could reportedly be available for that figure during the summer transfer window.