Man Utd failed with £26m transfer bid for Juventus ace Demiral before signing £80m Maguire – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly failed with a £26million bid for Juventus defender Merih Demiral before completing an £80m swoop for Harry Maguire.

Turkish outlet Sporx claims the Red Devils made a hard offer to Juve over the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hunted for a new centre-back.

Demiral had only just signed for Maurizio Sarri’s side in a £16m switch from Alanyaspor.

He had previously impressed during a six-month loan spell at Sassuolo.

But that didn’t stop United from trying their luck, offering Juve £26m for their new 21-year-old.

It could have been thought that the £68m capture of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax may have tempted Juventus into banking £10m to cover their losses.

But with Giorgio Chiellini turning 35 in August, and Leonardo Bonucci reaching 33 before the end of the season, Juve apparently see Demiral as the ideal partner for De Ligt next season.

And as such, they had no intention of letting the Turkey international move to Old Trafford.

United's hand was then forced into paying a record £80m for Leicester's Maguire.

However, Demiral is having to remain extremely patient under ex-Chelsea boss Sarri this season.

He has played just once for Juventus in all competitions, with Daniele Rugani also pushing for regular action.

United may have made their cheeky move for Demiral thanks to data from their new scouting system.

The Red Devils are recruiting “spies” to do thorough checks on potential new signings.

And scouts compiled an astonishing 36,000 reports last year alone, with computer analysis also helping United to profile players with more efficiency.

The system allowed Red Devils chiefs to reject Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, with the veteran’s fitness a major concern.

While Aaron Wan-Bissaka emerged as the best option out of 50 suitable right-backs, although he ended up costing £45m from Crystal Palace.

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