Why Atalanta have themselves a bargain in Demiral

Atalanta will activate the buy-out clause on on-loan Turkish defender Merih Demiral at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, who is out of contract with parent club Juventus in the summer, has been in scintillating form since arriving in Bergamo at the start of the season.

La Dea has an obligation to buy set at €22.5M and Tuttosport states that coach Gian Piero Gasperini has already told club executives to get the deal finalised.

Atalanta has been one of the success stories of Italian football in recent years and Demiral is the latest player to seemingly find his feet in Bergamo.

Having helped his side keep consecutive clean sheets against Venezia and Inter, another one against Lazio this weekend would see Gasperini’s side keep three shut outs in a row for only the fifth time since he took charge.

Any outlay for the Turkish international will be offset by the €57M they could receive from Spurs for Cristian Romero, who is currently out on loan at the Premier League side.

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