Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in transfer talks with Juventus, confirms Giuseppe Marotta

Can will become a free agent when his current Liverpool contract expires in the summer

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
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Thursday 18 January 2018 13:10
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Emre Can's Liverpool future remains uncertain, with Juventus interested
Emre Can's Liverpool future remains uncertain, with Juventus interested

Juventus’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the Serie A club is negotiating with Emre Can and promised they will do “all they can” to sign the Liverpool midfielder this summer.

Can will become a free agent when his current Anfield contract expires at the end of June and he is currently able to negotiate pre-contract terms with European clubs.

Despite Liverpool opening contract talks with Can in the summer of 2016, he is still yet to agree to renewed terms. Can's insistence on the inclusion of a buy-out clause in the deal is understood to be the sticking point.

On Sunday, however, the 24-year-old denied that any agreement is already in place with Juventus and insisted his representatives are talking with “everyone”, including Liverpool.

Marotta, who has publicly admitted to his club’s interest in Can in the past, confirmed that Juventus are in talks with the midfielder and that they will do everything in their power to bring him to Turin.

“Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken,” he told Sky Sports Italia.

“I can't say if he could sign a new contract with Liverpool, but I can say we will try all we can to get the player. Obviously, we have to respect what the player wants.”

Can arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 2014 during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure following a £9.75m move from Bayer Leverkusen.

The Germany international has made 156 appearances for Liverpool in the years since and established himself as a key member of Jürgen Klopp’s first team.

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