Italian giants Juventus have rejected a transfer offer from Liverpool for defender Merih Demiral. According to Haberler, Liverpool lodged a £45 million bid for the Turkish defender.
The Turkish outlet goes on to say that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Demiral met and spoke about a move to Anfield.
However, the Turin and Merseyside clubs could not come to an agreement that would see Demiral come to Anfield in January. The two clubs did agree that they would meet again to discuss a possible summer transfer move for the Turkish international. However, Demiral is just one of several Liverpool targets.
Juventus brass expect that Liverpool will return with a much higher bid for Merih Demiral in the summer window. The Turkish central defender has struggled for game time with Juventus, playing just 14 matches across all competitions.
Is Demiral What Liverpool Needs ?
In those 14 appearances, nine came from Serie A League play. Of the nine Serie A matches, he started six times. Much to the dismay of Liverpool supporters, he has a checkered injury history.
In the 20/21 season so far, Demiray has missed 10 matches (31 days) due to injury. With an already thin back line, signing another injury prone defender is not ideal.
However, a look at Demiral’s stats just might change their mind. The defender wins 3.5 aerial duels per 90 minutes. The defender stands at an impressive 6’3″ and his height would be a welcomed addition to a struggling Liverpool side.
At the moment, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s and Andy Robertson’s crosses are not doing much. With the Merseyside club severely lacking height, Demiral would be a breath of fresh air. His arrival could see the Red’s cross heavy attack work once again.
The defender also fits the build of a defender who can play from the back. Demiral has completed 95.9% of his passes in Serie A this season so far.
While a January move is off the books, look for Michael Edwards and the Reds to come back in the summer.