Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Juventus defender Merih Demiral, according to reports in the player’s home country of Turkey.
Turkish-Football claim Arsenal first registered an interest in Demiral over the summer, before the player ended up moving to Juventus.
The way the season has started though, with Demiral receiving just one appearance in 15 matches, has the Gunners enquiring over a possible January move.
Juventus aren’t keen to sell but could consider an offer of €30m, according to the report. They may also consider a loan move, but Arsenal want a permanent deal. Demiral is said to be interested in playing Premier League football.
Reports from Italy last week suggested Demiral himself was pushing for a move, unhappy with the fact he hasn’t been given a chance in the team. Manchester United were also mentioned as a team in the running.
Since those reports, more fixtures have come and gone without Demiral getting a chance. If the claims were accurate, the 21-year-old is hardly likely to be much happier now than he was at the start of the month.
All the same, he has a contract until 2024, so the ball is very much in Juventus’ court.