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Transfer News: Everton leading the race for Tottenham target Merih Demiral

According to transfer news from SportsLens, Everton are leading the race for Tottenham target Merih Demiral. Juventus are willing to sanction a sale if there is a substantial offer from any team.

The 23-year-old started out at Turkish giants Fenerbahce and had stints at Sporting Lisbon, Alanyaspor and Sassuolo before joining Juventus last summer. However, the Turkish international endured a difficult debut season in Turin, owing to a cruciate ligament knee injury.

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Having been restricted to just eight appearances in 2019/20, Demiral has once again been blighted by injury problems. And, as a result, he finds himself behind the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt in the pecking order.

As a result, Demiral has been restricted to just 23 appearances across all competitions in 2020/21, with 14 of them coming in Serie A. Despite his continued struggle to get regular game time in Turin, the 23-year-old’s stock remains high as ever, with a host of clubs lining up to sign him, should Juventus decide to offload the Turkish international this summer.

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Everton are thought to be ahead in the race for him as Carlo Ancelotti believes that a new defender might be necessary to challenge for a European place next season. Demiral is understood to be an upgrade to the existing options at the club. Spurs were also looking at Demiral for similar reasons.

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That being said, a new centre-back is of paramount importance as Tottenham look to get back on track in the upcoming campaign. To that end, someone like Demiral, despite his fitness problems, would be a fine signing. However, Spurs will need to beat off competition for the defer from the likes of Everton.

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