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.
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.
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.
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.