Emre Can’s Liverpool future remains uncertain as talks over a new contract continue to rumble on.
With all the fuss over van Dijk, Salah and new signings, it seems we’ve forgotten about a certain deal of just as much importance that resides within the club already.
Emre Can’s contract.
The German has been in talks with the club over a new deal since December last year and the general consensus is that very little – if any – progress has been made. This is a worrying development for the Reds, with the midfielder rated highly by Jürgen Klopp who is desperate to keep him.
Can has previously insisted that the deal is not solely about money but the ECHO understands he is looking for £100,000 a week – double his current wage. He is also said to be keen to receive “assurance over exactly where he stands in Klopp’s future plans,” with Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva both providing current competition and Liverpool looking to make at least one more midfield addition during this summer window.
Klopp was seemingly relaxed about dealing with Can’s agents back in May: “There’s no secret how much I like Emre. He likes the club, and it’s a completely normal situation. We are in talks, there’s no pressure, it’s all good.” However, recent interest from Juventus may agitate the German to get pen to paper sooner rather than later.
The biggest concern above all however, is that negotiations continue to drag on until January. The midfielder enters the final 12 months of his current deal this summer and if both parties cannot reach an agreement by the time the winter transfer window opens, Can will be free to negotiate his own exit. Losing Can this summer would be upsetting but losing him next summer for free? That would be disastrous.
The German struggled initially during the 2016/17 season, constantly playing through the pain barrier and the restrictions it put on his performances were evident almost every time he took to the field. Goals against Palace, Watford and Bournemouth when fielded in a position further forward were big positives but his general play was sluggish, slow and at times detrimental to the Reds as a whole.
During Henderson’s injury absence however, Can came into his own and provided a welcome reminder of just why he was being tipped as the next Liverpool captain by the end of the 2015/16 campaign. The Reds were forced to adopt a ‘win ugly’ approach to games and this suited the German perfectly as he scrapped and fought his way through midfield battles every week, all while finding time to provide his own little sprinkling of magic with match-winning strikes against Burnley and Watford.
Of course, you can argue that it would be silly to hand Can a new contract that guarantees all his requirements based solely on the second half of the season. However, by that logic, wouldn’t it be just as daft to refuse him one based solely on his earlier struggles?
Can has proven that he is a player with a very high ceiling and it would be unwise to allow contract negotiations to get drawn out any longer. As I said before, Can leaving the club this summer would be a shame but an exit for nothing next summer would surely be disastrous.
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— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) June 12, 2017