In keeping with what James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reported almost a month ago, Liverpool won’t sell Emre Can and might not have to as Juventus look set to turn their attention to PSG’s Blaise Matudi.
Although it’s still early doors in the transfer window, there is no real indication that either Liverpool want to sell Emre Can or that the player himself wants a move.
Quite the opposite, actually. Jürgen Klopp has spoken about how he admires Can as a player and how his compatriot has a future at Liverpool.
Can’s contract issues have fuelled speculation that he might leave this summer but in all honesty, there is yet to be a concrete report linking the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder with a move away from Anfield.
Calciomercato* report that Juventus, who were speculated as being interested in the German, are now turning their attention to Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi.
With just one year left on his contract, Emre Can is a risk for Liverpool as he could leave the club next summer for free but Klopp would rather hold onto one of his key players for another season than let him leave and be compensated for his services this summer.
The belief is that Can will come to an agreement with Liverpool over the course of the next season and that next summer won’t arrive with Can not having extended his terms.
Liverpool have a tremendously important season up ahead with Champions League participation on the cards and the likelihood that the Reds will challenge more sternly for major honours and Can is important to the Anfield outfit’s chances of success.
After aiding his country in winning the Confederations Cup, Can has been granted an extended break from club duties and is likely due back at Melwood next week.
Can will be keen to ensure that a repeat of last summer is avoided where he struggled to catch up to his teammates’ fitness wise and suffered an injury early in the season which negatively affected his form.
*See the Liverpool Echo’s liveblog for an English summation of Calciomercato’s report on Juventus turning their attention to Blaise Matuidi.