Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has today taken to Twitter to vehemently deny claims that he confirmed the imminent arrival of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can at the Allianz Stadium.
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.
It has long been known that Italian champions Juventus are keen to take Can to Turin, with CEO Beppe Marotta having previously confirmed the club’s interest.
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.’
‘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.’
‘Going to happen’
Rumours stemming from Italy last month suggested that Juventus had given Can an ultimatum to give the club his word regarding joining in the summer, but, surprisingly, an announcement has yet to come.
However, an unexpected report from US outlet Sports Illustrated yesterday looked to have cleared the long-standing confusion surrounding Can’s future up, amid a huge claim regarding Bianconeri star Sami Khedira:
‘My source recently spoke to Juve’s Sami Khedira, Can’s Germany teammate, and Khedira said yes, it’s going to happen.’
‘Secret twin brother’
While the credibility of SI’s ‘source’ was unclear from the get-go, reports inevitably began to mount throughout Europe that Can had revealed to his fellow German midfielder that his next move was to join up with the Old Lady.
However, the questions surrounding Can’s club future nevertheless look set to continue for at least the next couple of months, after Sports Illustrated’s claims were shot down by none other than Sami Khedira himself:
A Sports Illustrated source heard me confirm Emre Can is coming to @juventusfc this summer. Only one possible explanation: I am having a secret twin brother 😱🤔😂 I don’t know what Emre will do next season … #shoutouttomymum #fakenews https://t.co/AnMyf4Ho9I pic.twitter.com/oBJ8vOg1kx
— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) April 5, 2018