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Everton’s Demiral links dismissed, Barcelona’s Araujo ‘appreciated’

Everton’s Demiral links dismissed

It has been previously touted that Everton were in the hunt for Juventus’ Turkish defender Merih Demiral.

Calcio Mercato reporter Daniele Longo had claimed that an offer was even being made for the 23-year-old.

📞 #Everton is seriously interested in Juventus’ defender #Demiral: an official offer of 25-30 million is coming. @cmdotcom pic.twitter.com/c1gv3T0J4o

— Daniele Longo (@86_longo) April 28, 2021

However, reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has poured cold water on the previous claims regarding Demiral but provided hope in the form of a new target. There was also an update regarding Norwich City’s Max Aarons.

‘Everton are planning to sign a centre-back in the summer. Araujo is highly appreciated but Barcelona will *not* sell him. No talks for Demiral, he’s not even a target. Max Aarons update: new clubs are joining the race. Everton are now looking for other players,’ wrote Romano.

Everton are planning to sign a centre-back in the summer. Araujo is highly appreciated but Barcelona will *not* sell him. No talks for Demiral, he’s not even a target. 🔵 #EFC

Max Aarons update: new clubs are joining the race. Everton are now looking for other players. 🚨

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 5, 2021

Ronald Araujo the new target

Donald Araujo has been with Barcelona since he arrived in 2018 from Uruguayan club Boston River.

He has gone on to play 26 league games for the Blaugrana which the majority of have come this season under Ronald Koeman. Often deputising for the injured Gerard Pique.

He himself has faced injury problems which for a time meant midfielder Frenkie de Jong was drafted in to play in defence.

Should Everton tempt a Barcelona who supposedly ‘will not sell him’ then the fee will need to be significant.

The stance from Barca is unsurprising but with Eric Garcia likely to arrive this summer, there could be a want from Araujo to be guaranteed more game time.

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