Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay up to €40m to seek and prise defender Merih Demiral away from Juventus next year.
The Gunners had the second-worst defensive record of the top nine sides in the Premier League last campaign after conceding 51 goals in 38 matches.
It doesn’t appear as though they’ve made particularly significant steps towards addressing that issue even notwithstanding the summer arrival of David Luiz, as they’ve conceded 17 goals in 12 matches so far this season, giving them the joint-worst defensive record of the top nine sides.
While they also have issues at the other end of the pitch too having netted just 16 goals, it seems as though they could be considering a swoop to work and shore things up at the back first.
According to Calciomercato, Demiral is attracting lots of interest as AC Milan are said to be keen, while Arsenal and Manchester United both sent scouts to monitor the Turkish international in action for his country in midweek versus Iceland.
Though, it’s added in the report above that Arsenal are ready to try and jump to the front of the queue as they’re said to be considering making a suggestion of up to €40m for the 21-year-old.
Demiral previously affected for Sassuolo in Serie A to earn his transfer to Turin over the summer, but it hasn’t gone to plan for him thus far as he’s been limited to just one match all season.
With Matthijs de Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci ahead of him in the pecking order, coupled with stalwart Giorgio Chiellini set to return from injury next year, it doesn’t seem as though the situation will change any time soon.
In turn, he could perhaps be interested in securing a more prominent role elsewhere if he doesn’t get opportunities to play at Juventus, and time will tell whether or not the touted €40m offer from Arsenal could be enough to prise him away and convince him to transfer to north London.