With his contract expiring at the end of the season and with no immediate sign of a renewal being agreed, Liverpool may be fearing the loss of Emre Can.
The 23-year-old has improved significantly under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield since arriving in 2014, and so it will be a real setback if the Reds aren’t able to agree on new terms to secure his long-term future as he will only develop further in the years ahead.
According to Tuttosport, that picture looks increasingly gloomy for the Merseyside giants as it’s reported that Can’s entourage has held talks with Juventus in another meeting in Milan, with the German international allowed to agree on terms with other clubs without going through Liverpool from February onwards.
It’s evident as to why Juve want to bolster their midfield options as they need to get younger and add more power and dynamism in that area of the field. Massimiliano Allegri’s current options include Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Rodrigo Bentancur and Stefano Sturaro.
In turn, adding Can to the ranks would make plenty of sense, especially on a potential free transfer, as it’s added in the report that Liverpool have no intention of doing a deal in January which would likely involve the German ace leaving in a cut-price deal.
Further, it would give them more time to convince him to sign a new contract, and so it’s far from a done deal with regards to Juventus, but they appear to be doing their best to lay down the framework now ahead of possibly reaching an agreement next year.
It’s a worrying time for Liverpool fans who want to see Can stay, as the longer the situation drags on, the more likely it will surely be that he moves on and starts a new challenge elsewhere. If he has intentions of staying at Liverpool, then the contract arguably shouldn’t have been such a problem to this point.