Manchester United held lengthy negotiations with Juventus this summer – and it has now emerged they had defender Merih Demiral on their radar.

The Red Devils looked set to land Paulo Dybala in a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku before that deal collapsed and Lukaku joined Inter Milan.

Mario Manduzikic was then the subject of brief interest which never materialised into a move before the transfer deadline.

But Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici, who held lengthy sit-down talks with Ed Woodward at United’s London office a few days before deadline day, says Demiral was also a target.



Merih Demiral was reportedly the subject of a summer enquiry from Man Utd

The Turkish international, 21, only joined the Serie A giants from Sassuolo earlier this summer in a €18m move but the Red Devils enquired about his availability and were quoted a €40m price.

Paratici told Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calcio Mercato ): “He is our player who has had the most deals on the market, I don’t imagine how many.

“The Turk was requested by Milan but was also approached by Manchester United .”



Man Utd eventually landed Harry Maguire to strengthen Solskjaer’s central defence

Instead of pursuing Demiral, United turned their attentions back to top target Harry Maguire to strengthen the heart of their defence.

Eventually, they got their man with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer landing Maguire in a world record deal for a defender, paying £80m.

Maguire starred for the Red Devils in their opening Premier League game of the season as they got off to a dream start with a 4-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.