Manchester United tracking Sporting Lisbon centre-back Merih Demiral

There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Merih Demiral in the last period.

British source report that Manchester United are tracking Sporting Lisbon centre-back Merih Demiral.

The Turkey international joined Sporting Lisbon from AC Alcanenense for a fee in the region of 200,000 euros in July 2017. His contract expires in the summer of 2022. In August 2018, Merih Demiral was sent to Alanyaspor on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Turkey.

Merih Demiral has represented Turkey at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 35 caps and scoring two goals.

 

Merih Demiral
Merih Demiral

 

His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Manchester United.

José Mourinho feels his defense currently lacks some bite and that he could strengthen this winter.

The report claims that Manchester United manager has extensively scouted Merih Demiral and is considering a move for the centre-back.

Manchester United are desperate to make an impact in the winter transfer window.

According to Teamtalk, “Manchester United reportedly remain keen on Sporting Lisbon defender Merih Demiral. There appears to be growing interest in the 20-year-old centre-back, who moved on loan to Alanyaspor to gain first-team experience. Turkish outlet Aksam reported that United had scouted the player last March, and now Turkish-Football report that “a source close to Alanyaspor” says United are among several clubs to watch the player this season.”

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Demiral has a release clause in his contract which stands at 45 million euros.

Undoubtedly he would be a fantastic recruit for Manchester United.

How strong that interest is and whether Manchester United will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

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