Juventus official claims Man United wanted to sign 21-year-old 6 ft 3 defender

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has claimed that Manchester United wanted to sign Turkish defender Merih Demiral before the English transfer window slammed shut.

Demiral only joined Juve from Sassuolo during the summer after impressing on loan at I Neroverdi in the second half of the 2018-19 season.

However, Paratici has said that United, in addition to AC Milan, were interested in a swoop for the 21-year-old.

“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,” Paratici told Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Red Devils were also linked with Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala in the latter stages of the English transfer window but were unable to complete a deal for either player.

All three of United’s summer signings – Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire – made their debuts for the club in the 4-0 win over Chelsea last weekend.

Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof is set to sign a new contract with Manchester United, according to reports in Sweden.

The 25-year-old was signed in a £31m deal from Benfica in the summer of 2017 and has now established himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back alongside Harry Maguire.

The report claims that Lindelof’s agent has been in talks with United and the defender will see a ‘significant’ increase on his current £75,000-a-week salary.