Tuesday 11 December 2018

Liverpool still unsure of Emre Can's plans for season's end despite growing belief he will join Juventus

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can said he is honoured to have attracted interest from Juventus
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can said he is honoured to have attracted interest from Juventus

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool are yet to be told of Emre Can’s intentions at the end of the season, despite Juventus’ growing belief they will sign the midfielder on a free transfer.

Can is out of contract and can sign a pre-contract agreement with the Italian side ahead of a Bosman move in the summer.

Reports in Italy suggest an agreement has already been reached between the player and Juventus. He is free to talk without Liverpool’s permission.

Liverpool have been trying to negotiate a new deal but with no success. The 23-year-old has given no indication he will pen terms on Merseyside.

Now it looks like the club will lose a highly rated player. It will be a setback to the club if Can quits Anfield at this stage of a developing career, especially as Klopp’s Liverpool is improving year-upon-year and looks well equipped to compete in the Champions League more regularly than has been the case recently. Klopp has given Can the opportunity to grow as a midfielder over the last three seasons.

Klopp has respected Can’s right to consider his options, pointing out it has had no detrimental impact on his professionalism.

Liverpool themselves benefited when they signed form Bayern Munich trainee Can for a cut-price fee in 2014, his contract by no means one of the most lucrative at the club. He could have secured a far more profitable wage package at any point over the last 18  months. That said, moving to Turin on a free transfer is sure to earn him a considerable signing on fee and significant pay hike.

With Philippe Coutinho also pushing for an Anfield exit to Barcelona, the likely outgoings have balanced the more positive news of Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival at the start of this transfer window.

Although Can would be a loss to the club, especially as Klopp rates him so highly, Liverpool have already recruited midfielder Naby Keita for the start of next season.

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