Liverpool are in real danger of losing Emre Can next summer. The Germany star’s contract with the club expires in June 2018 and Juventus are hovering. Liverpool are keen to hang on to the 23-year-old but it will be a struggle.
Currently earning £55,000-a-week, Emre Can expects a significant raise as well as a release clause put into his contract. However, a boost in the club’s wage ladder would mean that Can becomes a more valuable asset.
Naturally, this means that their most valued stars would only be available for the highest offers. Liverpool don’t like including them in contracts, Melissa Reddy reports for Goal. It’s led to an impasse between player and club.
The option of Juventus is attractive to Can for a number of reasons. One is for glory. They’re the Italian champions and regularly reach the latter stages of the Champions League. A move to Juventus would guarantee silverware.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 19, 2017
The other big one is money. Although Juventus aren’t famous for breaking the bank for contracts, they would more than likely be willing to give a big signing-on fee to Can and his representatives. This would be several million euros.
Liverpool don’t want to lose such a valuable player for free and thus Can has leverage in negotiations.
While Can has shone at times for Liverpool – his overhead kick against Watford being a particular highlight – his spell with the club has been blighted by his inconsistent performances. This could be holding Liverpool back from giving in to his demands. A combative force in midfield, he has never scored more than five goals in a season.
Jurgen Klopp might already be thinking about potential replacements for Can. Naby Keita, set to join the club next summer, would certainly be an upgrade. They’re also chasing a Paris Saint-Germain star.