Sources: Liverpool ready to battle for 23-year-old they previously bid €57.4m for

Merih Demiral is once again linked with a move to Anfield after the Reds reportedly bid €57,4million to sign him in the winter transfer window.

After Sport Media Set reported in February that Liverpool had bid for Juventus centre half Demiral, Tutto Juve now claims that the Reds are again contending for the 23-year-old’s signature.

The bid on deadline day earlier this year was reportedly worth €57,4million (£50m) but it was rejected by the Serie A giants. Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies joined the club and while the latter is yet to play a game, the former has done extremely well at Anfield.

Demiral’s national teammate has excelled under Jurgen Klopp. Despite his Premier League baptism of fire against Leicester City, Kabak has acquitted himself quite nicely and is likely to remain at the club.

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (R) is tackled by Liverpool’s Turkish defender Ozan Kabak during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Demiral is being chased by Liverpool, according to Tutto Juve, who claims that the Reds are joined by Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Everton and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign him.

I’m sceptical for a number of reasons, with one being his injury record this season and another being the impending arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig in a deal worth around €40million.

Demiral has seven entries on Transfermarkt’s injury history, with six of them being entered this season. Admittedly, one is due to a positive coronavirus test which doesn’t speak to him being injury prone but five of them are for muscle injuries.

These injuries have totalled 63 days on the sidelines which have seen him miss 15 games for Juventus. Before this season, he only has one other entry and it was from his ACL tear last term.

Merih Demiral of Juventus after suffering a knee injury during the Serie A match between Roma and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 12 January 2020. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The fact that he suffered an ACL rupture makes his injury niggles this season less of a major concern as such a serious injury can cause a host of other problems but Liverpool should not and likely will not risk signing him after what has been a full year of sustained injuries.

Ibrahima Konate has had his own injury issues but with Liverpool set to sanction a deal to sign him, there is a confidence that the worst of his problems are behind him and that he can strengthen the side.

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