Everton, without Ancelotti, still have a € 40m defender in their sights
Everton have reportedly stayed in the box to sign Merih Demiral despite Carlo Ancelotti’s shocking return to Real Madrid.
The Juventus defender was seen as a target for Ancelotti after the Italian noticed the Turkish defender during his stay in Italy.
In April it was claimed that Everton were ready for action for the central defender. Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with the 23-year-old
According to TuttoJuve The Spurs have relaunched their pursuit. However, the Corriere Dello Sport, Going through Sports witness, insists Everton is “on pole” for the much-loved defender. And even Ancelotti’s departure from Los Blancos did not dampen talks in Italy.
Interest was believed to be fueled by the Italian, but the Italian outlet is sure Everton will remain on the hunt for the player, who will decide his future after the Euro.
It was previously mentioned that Demiral was supposed to stand for a bigger club. And he can make his wish come true if, as he may foresee, play for Turkey in Euros next month.
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Juve opt for Milenkovic
Meanwhile, new Juve boss Max Allegri is looking for a long-term defensive partner for Matthijs De Ligt. Allegri wants to build around the Dutch center-back, but Demiral is unlikely to be that man.
Gazzetta dello Sport suggest Demiral is not happy at Turin after two below-par seasons and suggest the player has suitors in England.
Demiral suffered a serious injury that caused him to miss most of his first year at Turin. And Andrea Pirlo kept him on the bench during the last campaign.
The old lady is said to be considering Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina as her replacement. They plan to use part of the money received for Demiral, which they estimate at 40 million euros, to buy the Serbian star.
Milenkovic, 23, will see his contract expires in Florence in 2022. Juve know they can get the defender back for around € 10million, which would be tremendous activity if they could come close to the asking price for Demiral.
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