Chelsea & Inter linked with Turkish defender for ‘serious transfer fee’

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 11: Merih Demiral of Juventus reacts during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus at BayArena on December 11, 2019 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Chelsea and Inter are both interested in Atalanta defender Merih Demiral according to Fotomac.

Per the source, Demiral is likely to join Chelsea or Inter for a ‘serious transfer fee’.

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The report does not go into details over numbers but claims a move is likely and that Atalanta are already making preparations.

The Serie A outfit are tageting Galatasaray defender Victor Nelsson as a summer replacement.

The Lions want €20m for the Denmark international and Atalanta have already established contact over a potential move.

Demiral joined Atalanta from Juventus on a €21m transfer move in July 2022 and still has another three years remaining on his contract.

The 1.90m tall defender has made 19 league appearances this season and is a first choice centre-back when injury free.

The 24-year-old has 35 international caps for the Turkish national team and has two goals.

Demiral already has a wealth of experience playing in major European leagues including Juventus, Sporting Lisbon and Sassuolo.

Atalanta are currently sixth in the Serie A just four points off a top four spot which would secure Champions League football.