Juventus have officially completed the signing of Emre Can from Liverpool, with the German midfielder signing a four-year deal at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus have made an official statement to confirm that Emre Can has completed his Bosman move from Liverpool. The German midfielder has signed a four-year deal with the Bianconeri that will run through to the summer of 2022.
Emre Can progressed considerably during his four-year stint at Liverpool, a spell that also saw him identify his optimal position on the field. Having first started out as a box-to-box midfielder, the player went on to establish himself as a promising holding midfielder under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp.
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Under Klopp, the 24-year-old rapidly grew in stature to become a pivotal figure for Liverpool, fitness issues permitting, amassing well over 100 appearances since the German manager took charge. But, it had long been an open secret that Can’s future at Anfield was non-existent, with Juventus courting him for a long time.
In fact, the Bianconeri were eager to snap him up last summer as well but Liverpool refused to sell him. Upon the failure to sign Can, Juventus did not hide their interest in him, with CEO Giuseppe Marotta openly stating that they intend to secure his services this summer.
As the months passed by in the 2017-18 season, it became all too clear that Can was not going to renew his contract with Liverpool, who confirmed the inevitable earlier this month when they confirmed that he would be departing Anfield on a free transfer after making 167 appearances for the Merseyside club.
With his Liverpool story now over for good, Juventus have finally gone on to complete the player’s signing, having staved off late competition from Real Madrid, who had flirted with their interest for a while. At the Allianz Stadium, Can’s addition will provide a definitive boost in midfield, with Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio on the wrong side of 30.
Additionally, the duo and Miralem Pjanic have all been heavily linked with possible summer moves away from Juventus, which has further kept Massimiliano Allegri on his toes. Can is, thus, potentially a long-term solution who could forge a solid central midfield partnership alongside Rodrigo Bentancur and Pjanic – if he stays – which could serve the Bianconeri for years to come.
With a lot of experienced heads present to guide him, Can stands in good stead to take his career to the next level, and the Juventus faithful will be hopeful of the move paying off.