Sassuolo have confirmed that they did not sign Turkey defender Merih Demiral in synergy with Juventus.
Merih joined Sassuolo in the last few days of the January transfer window from Sporting CP, but it was claimed Juve had an option to buy the 20-year-old in the future.
However, CEO Giovanni Carnevali [pictured] clarified at the new boy’s official unveiling on Tuesday: “There’s no synergy with Juve, it’s a signing made only by Sassuolo.
“Merih was one of the most coveted defenders in Europe, so we did well to take him and he chose Italy because he knows it can be a stepping stone for him.
“His arrival was decided in part with the Coach. We always try to combine the club’s philosophy with that of the coach. It’s the only way to get results.
“The deal is a loan with a €7m option to buy. If the option is taken up, his contract will be for five years.
“The arrival of so many foreigners a change of philosophy for Sassuolo? No, we were perhaps the first to focus on a nucleus of Italians, but there are difficulties, especially when it comes to young players.
“if you want to raise the bar, you have to expand on a European level.”
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“Playing against Juventus is always a pleasure and a stimulus,” added Carnevali.
“Juve are unlikely to drop any more points, their recent history says that. They’re the best team in the League so we’ll need the perfect performance and a bit of luck.”