Juventus chief provides timeline for end to Emre Can ‘soap opera’

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has this evening provided an update on his side’s chase of Emre Can, labelling the entire saga a ‘soap opera’.

Reds’ mainstay

Can, a 24-year-old German international, has been on the books at Anfield since 2014, when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen.

However, his contract with Liverpool is due to expire this summer, and there has so far been little to no progress made towards a new deal.

Bianconeri pursuit

It has long been known that Italian champions Juventus are keen to take Can to Turin, with the Bianconeri having publicly confirmed their interest on numerous occasions.

Fellow suitors

Along with Juve, all of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Inter Milan have been rumoured to maintain an interest in the services of Can, though the Old Lady have always been viewed as holding a clear lead in the race for his signature.

‘Have to accept it’

Speaking in an interview with DAZN in January, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did little to dampen rumours that his side’s midfield powerhouse looks set for a summer departure from the club, with the German tactician explaining:

‘He’ll stay beyond the winter. Emre is still a young lad but he has developed into a great player and is very important for us.’

Emre Can Golazo v Watford

Emre Can of Liverpool scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on May 1, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

‘Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract. That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.’

‘And as long as the player behaves like Emre does, then I have absolutely nothing to complain about. He gives everything he has and identifies with the club.’

‘Asking myself’

Rumours stemming from Italy over recent weeks suggested that Juventus had given Can an ultimatum to give the club his word regarding joining in the summer, but an announcement has not yet been forthcoming.

As such, speaking in an interview with Mediaset Premium earlier today, Bianconeri CEO Beppe Marotta was asked for an update on the saga as a whole, with the Italian revealing his hope that a conclusion, one way or the other, will be found within the next 10 days.

‘I am asking myself what the situation is too.’

‘We want the soap opera to conclude in around 10 days. The player is right to evaluate all opportunities, so we’ll wait and see what he wants to do.’

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