With speculation about Philippe Coutinho’s future mounting, Liverpool look set to lose another big member of their squad in the summer.
Contract negotiations between the club and German international midfielder Emre Can have been at a standstill for some time now, and with his current deal due to expire at the end of the current season, he is now free to discuss terms with other clubs (outside of England) with a view to joining them on a Bosman free transfer in the summer.
One such club is Juventus, with the Guardian reporting on Thursday that the Serie A giants have put a five-year, €95,000-per-week contract to take him to Italy next season.
The report suggests that Can’s representatives have met with Juve officials, with the meeting leaving the Italian side confident of getting their man. Clubs such as Borussia Dortmund have reportedly been trying to lure the 23-year-old back to the Bundesliga, four years after he left Bayer Leverkusen to Anfield for €12m, but it does appear now that Juventus are in the driving seat to sign Can.
Liverpool, publicly at least, have not given up hope of tying him down to a new contract but the sticking point of a release clause is believed to be a major sticking point and one that will likely see him leave the Premier League at the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have already sealed the £55m signing of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita in the summer, but Can’s impending departure has led to the manager looking for potential replacements such as Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, though he appears bound for Bayern Munich.