According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are interested in signing Emre Can who only has one year left on his Liverpool contract.
Juventus are reportedly keen to capitalise on the fact that Can has only one year left on his contract as they look to bolster their midfield ranks.
The Champions League finalists have made contact with Emre Can’s agent but given the player’s importance to Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp’s admiration for him, Juventus will struggle to get a deal over the line.
“It’s no secret how much I like Emre. He likes the club,” Klopp said last month.
“We’re in talks. There is no pressure. All is good.
“I am quite positive. Keeping good players makes sense and Emre is a good player.”
This does, however, come as very worrying news for Jürgen Klopp – if it’s true. While there has been no real indication that Emre Can wants to leave the club, the fact that contract talks have stalled for several months would suggest that there is something not right either with what the club is offering or what the player is demanding.
There were reports a few month ago that the reason for Can’s contract delay was because Liverpool wouldn’t pay the £100,000 a week contract that the German was demanding. The reports surfaced, conveniently, around the time that the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was in poor form.
Can later put suggestions to bed that he was stalling on a contract because of money and admitted his poor form was the result of a niggling ankle injury he had to play through.
“I read in newspapers it was about money, but it isn’t about money,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine. I just wanted to say it is never about the money. It is about the future, what happens.“
Can continued, “The meetings are with my agent, but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future, I can play for many years at Liverpool.
“I’ve had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me – 10 minutes into the game I’ve not been able to feel my feet in a few games – but I didn’t like to go to the press and say, ‘I am injured’.”
For all intents and purposes, selling Emre Can would be disastrous for Liverpool. The German midfielder’s form in the latter stages of the season was crucial to the Reds finishing in fourth place. Can’s incredible overhead kick against Watford won just about every goal of the season award available in the Premier League and he has become one of the most important players at Liverpool.
Although he was only given the chance to cement his place in the side in Jordan Henderson’s injury-enforced absence, Can is now crucial to the spine of Klopp’s team and I have no doubt that both Germans will come to an agreement this summer.