Liverpool have finally confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in football – Emre Can is to leave the club in the summer.
The Premier League side confirmed on Friday afternoon (via their retained list) that the German international’s four-year spell at Anfield has officially come to an end after both parties failed to come to an agreement regarding a new contract.
Emre Can and Jon Flanagan will both leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts this summer.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 8, 2018
Can was brought to Liverpool by Brendan Rodgers in a £10m deal from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014. In his time on Merseyside, he made over 166 appearances in all competitions and reached the finals of the Europa League, League Cup and Champions League.
While the above statement makes no mention of his destination, it is widely expected that the 24-year-old will sign a five-year deal with Juventus in the coming days.
The Reds, meanwhile, have effectively moved to replace Can already with the £40m acquisition of Brazilian international Fabinho from Monaco.
Also leaving Anfield is defender Jon Flanagan. The full-back made his senior debut at the age of 18 in 2011, and played a big role in the Premier League title charge in 2014, but a serious knee injury that same year seriously impacted his Liverpool development. Loan spells at Burnley and Bolton were not enough to convince Jurgen Klopp to offer him new terms and he too is now on the lookout for a new club.
There was, however, better news for Irish defender Conor Masterson. The Dubliner was on the fringes of the first-team squad last season and has been handed a new contract to keep him at the Premier League side.