Serie-A champions Juventus are reportedly seeking a deal for Liverpool’s Emre Can as the midfielder’s contract is set to expire in a year.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to face several challenges this summer in the transfer window, but the biggest one will probably be to retain the likes of Coutinho and Emre Can at the club with a long-term contract. Can’s contract is down to its last year.
Liverpool signed Can from Bayer Leverkusen back in the summer of 2014 for £10 million. The 23-year-old German international has recorded 40 appearances in all competitions for the Reds in the 2016/17 season, and Liverpool will hope the player decides to ink a new long-term deal at Anfield.
The current injury to captain and fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson does make it seem like Can will receive a promotion as far as his role is concerned next season. Also, Can will enjoy the opportunity to return to the Champions League which will in turn make him all the more indispensable to the squad.
However, Can did face his fair share of criticism from the fans for the initial part of the season due to his lacklustre performances and his refusal to sign a new contract as he demanded an increase in his wages. All that changed once Can started performing better and now fans actually want him to stay.
He especially blossomed in Jordan Henderson’s absence and has taken up the responsibility with grit and power supported by all-action performances.
As far as Juventus are concerned, their squad is perfectly balanced at the moment, but Massimiliano Allegri will be looking to add cover in the midfield come next season.
Quite possibly, the German midfielder might have to take up a less important role at Juventus considering they already have players like Pjanic and Sami Khedira. He might even have to be satisfied with lesser playing time – something Can will have to reflect upon.
Meanwhile, Klopp has also placed a target sign upon the young Naby Keita and has already signed 19-year-old Dominic Solanke from Chelsea. Retaining Can will be priority but if he chooses to leave, Klopp will need to line up some reinforcements.