Emre Can’s proposed move from Liverpool to Juventus is one of football’s worst kept secrets this season.
The German international is out of contract this summer, and with no sign of a breakthrough in negotiations with Liverpool, it seemed more and more certain that he would be leaving Anfield on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.
Juventus have been the most consistent potential suitor with strong reports of a five-year deal on offer to take the 24-year-old to the Allianz Stadium – and Juve director Beppe Marotta has given the clearest indicator yet that a deal is close by revealing that the Serie A giants hope to be in a position to confirm the deal after next weekend’s Champions League final.
Emre Can to Juventus, here we go ✔️
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 19, 2018
Can has not played for Liverpool since coming off with an injury in the side’s victory over Watford on March 17th, during which time he missed the Premier League run-in and Champions League quarter and semi-finals.
He still faces a race against time to play any part in the final against Real Madrid in Kiev next week, but his presence in the squad’s training camp this week suggests that manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful of having the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder on the subs’ bench against Real.
Klopp has remained calm throughout the transfer speculation, insisting that he would have no hard feelings towards Can should he leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The midfielder’s injury problems have already cost him a place in Germany’s World Cup squad, announced by Joachim Low earlier this week.