Some sources from AS revealed that Demiral’s name was put on the negotiating table in order to sign him as a defender with positive reports
Merih Demiral, Juventus player, is among the candidates in Barcelona to strengthen the defense.
As learned by AS newspaper, the sports department and Koeman have received very good reports on the Turkish defender and in case they finally decide to support the back line that left so many doubts last season, Demiral’s name is being put on the agenda.
Of course, signing a central defender is no longer a priority because he considers that with Pique, Araujo and Eric, they are untouchable and untransferable, Lenglet and Umtiti (both with options to leave), as well as Minguisa as fifth defender, the position is covered.
Umtiti’s worrying situation and Lenglet’s erratic performance leave the door open for another signing in defence, as well as Eric Garcia.
Umtiti does not convince Koeman, who has spent the past two seasons in the shadows and is looking for a way out, finds in Lenglet something more trustworthy but has been pointed out several times during the season and could enter into a contracting process as a bargaining chip, such as Rome’s Pellegrini, to lower his signing price. .
Demiral was Juventus’ fourth defender this season, behind Chiellini, Bonucci and De Ligt, and the Turk is not happy with this role, and his position allows Barcelona to face an inexpensive operation. In addition, he can also play on both wings, which also covers the search for a replacement for Alba. With Demiral, they kill two birds with one stone.
(Source: The Wallace newspaper)