Liverpool in the battle to sign €30m-rated Turkish defender

The Merseyside giants are reportedly among the teams keen on the potential transfer of Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral as he’s made available. The 22-year-old defender has long been highly rated as a top defensive prospect, but he’s struggled to establish himself as a regular starter for the Bianconeri.

This could now see him move on, with Turkish outlet claiming he can leave for only £45m, with the Reds joined by Tottenham and Leicester City in showing an interest in him. Merih could undoubtedly be a hugely useful signing for the Reds at the moment, with the German manager’s side not looking as solid as they have in recent campaigns.

A large part of that is down to Virgil van Dijk’s injury, which looks likely to put him out of action for much of the rest of the campaign. Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have also had their fitness issues in recent times, with Jurgen Klopp relying on midfielder Fabinho filling in as a defender.

Another signing would undoubtedly help Liverpool cope, and Turkey international is a fine teenager who could also be a reliable long-term option for Liverpool. Klopp is also struggling with the ongoing situation with Gini Wijnaldum as he looks set to leave at the end of the campaign, so it’s just another part of the team that will need to be bolstered.

A surprising link has popped up in the shape of Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who’s expected to be available for £81m, but it’s hard to see the Reds paying that much for a footballer like him.