Arsenal to offer defender as part of Merih Demiral deal

Bellerin’s agent has claimed clubs in Italy are interested in him, and Arsenal could use Spaniard in deal to sign Demiral.

The Gunners desperately need to improve their defence and have been linked with a January move for Demiral, who has fallen down the pecking order at Juventus.

The 21-year-old Turkey international has found himself behind Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt, with Daniel Rugani also providing competition.

Demiral in action vs inter Milan

Bianconeri are known to value Demiral highly as one for the future, but the defender may decide to seek a move in January to search for more playing time – especially with next summer’s Euro 2020 finals looming.

Reports say Juve value Demiral around £34million – but Arsenal will aim to ease the financial burden by offering right-back Bellerin as part of the deal, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato .

Bellerin’s agent Albert Botines has claimed a club in Italy is interested in the player, but it is not clear whether that club is Juventus.

Botines said: “At the moment he is focused on the team’s commitments, comes from a bad injury and is returning to his levels.

“He likes Italy, the interest of an Italian club has been there but I can’t reveal it.

“He has a long contract and it won’t be easy to take him away from Arsenal . He is vice-captain, we will see how the season will go.”

 

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