Man Utd keeping tabs on 21-year-old Serie A defender

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Manchester United and Juventus had plenty of contact during the summer transfer window, with Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Mandzukic and Paul Pogba all being the subject of enquiries between the two clubs.

In the end, Romelu joined Inter Milan after the Red Devils pulled out of the race for Paulo, while Paul and Mario remain at their clubs.

The potential exchange deal for Dybala and Lukaku had legs, but in the end, no business was done with Bianconeri.

However, chief Fabio Paratici has now revealed that Manchester United enquired about another star on Juventus’ books – defender Merih Demiral.

The 21-year-old Turkish only joined from Sassuolo this summer transfer market for €18m, but it seems Manchester United made an enquiry as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked for central defensive additions.

In the end, the Englishman Harry Maguire joined for a world record £80 million fee for a centre-back, but Paratici told Gazzetta dello Sport how Manchester United and AC Milan enquired about Merih’s availability.

Fabio said: “He is our player who has had the most deals on the market, don’t imagine how many. The Turk was requested by Milan but was also approached by Manchester United.”

The report claims the Serie A heavyweights were demanding €40 million for the defender, which would have doubled their investment as soon as the star arrived the previous month.

However, with the Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt also signing from the Eredivisie giants Ajax, there may be limited senior team opportunities for the former Sassuolo player in the coming season.