Emre Can’s proposed move from Liverpool to Juventus is reportedly set to be announced in the coming days.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Ilbianconero, via Calciomercato), the Germany international has agreed a pre-contract with the Italian champions with a view to a free transfer in the summer.
The same source noted that Can is set to sign a deal worth an annual €6 million (£5.29 million). As relayed by Calciomercato, Tuttosport reported a contract is close to being agreed, and the terms signed by the midfielder may include a release clause.
As noted by Calciomercato, Can is said to have attracted interest from some of European football’s biggest clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. However, it appears as though the Bianconeri have won the race for the 24-year-old.Losing the player for nothing will be a blow to Liverpool, as he’s developed into a strong performer in his time at Anfield. As noted below by OptaFranz, he’s been a steady presence in the middle of the team when he has been involved:
Having joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, the German has gone from strength to strength, with manager Jurgen Klopp helping his development since arriving.
Can has so often been the man at the hub of this exhilarating Liverpool team. Sitting in front of the back four his distribution is outstanding, as is his ability to march through phases of the field and set the Reds off on their attacking forays.
There’s a little bit of everything to Can’s game. While he’s technically adept and tactically versatile, his powerful frame makes him difficult to barge off the ball. Per the Match of the Day account, he had also started to add goals before his recent injury layoff:
If the reports are true, there’s a fair chance Can has played his final game for Liverpool, as he’s been absent in recent weeks due to a back problem.
The midfield options at the Bianconeri are strong, but in Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi and Claudio Marchisio, the Serie A giants have a number of players approaching the end of their peak years. Can would refresh this area of the field.
Additionally, plenty at Anfield are excited about the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in the summer. The Guinea international has developed into one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga in the last two campaigns.