Inter Milan’s interest in signing defender Merih Demiral is fading as he is likely to leave Atalanta this summer.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the 25-year-old will depart from the Gewiss Stadium this summer, is valued at €18 million, but is closer to Galatasaray or the Premier League.
Turkish international and former Juventus and Sassuolo defender Demiral was linked with Inter in January.
During the January transfer window, Inter could have sold Milan Skriniar to Paris Saint-Germain. Therefore, the Nerazzurri were looking high and low for a potential like-for-like replacement.
In this sense, Demiral was on Inter’s radar.
This season, the 25-year-old has fallen out with La Dea coach Gian Piero Gasperini. Therefore, he would have been ready to leave Atalanta during the January window.
Reportedly, Atalanta had slapped a €20 million price tag on Demiral in January. The Nerazzurri would have been ready to pay this, however, had they had a transfer fee from Skriniar to reinvest in his signing.
Inter Milan Interest In Merih Demiral
According to the Corriere, however, Inter’s interest in Demiral has cooled significantly.
The Nerazzurri will still certainly be signing a defender this summer. They will still have to replace Skriniar, whilst the situations of Stefan de Vrij, Danilo D’Ambrosio, and Francesco Acerbi are not certain.
However, the Corriere reports, Demiral is no longer a priority target for Inter.
The Turk will almost certainly leave Atalanta in the summer. This comes after the Bergamo-based club extended the contract of Gasperini until the end of June 2025, with an option of a further season.
Given the fractured relationship between Demiral and Gasperini, a departure looks inevitable for the former Bianconeri man.
Atalanta reportedly want €18 million for Demiral.
According to the Corriere, Galatasaray and teams in the Premier League are leading the way for the 25-year-old’s signature, with Inter no longer pushing to sign him.