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According to Neil Jones of Goal, the saga surrounding the Germany international is close to a conclusion, as he’s set to finally join the Italian champions on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.
“Can has long been expected to move to Turin this summer, when his deal at Anfield will expire,” continued Jones. “Liverpool have been unable to agree fresh terms with the 24-year-old, and are resigned to his departure.”
As noted in the report, Can appears to have played his final game for the Merseyside club, having spent the last couple of months sidelined because of a back problem. He wasn’t named in Germany’s recent FIFA World Cup squad either.
Can will be disappointed how this season has ended, as injury appears to have robbed him of the chance of playing on two of the biggest stages in the sport. However, per the club’s official Twitter account, the former Bayer Leverkusen man is in training ahead of the showdown with Real Madrid on May 26:
Liverpool FC @LFC
Emre Can is in the travelling party for this week’s training camp in Marbella. Full story: https://t.co/gvEYLtzLMe https://t.co/DzlUhbheUK
With his contract at Anfield set to run out at the end of the campaign, it appears he’s now on the brink of a fresh chapter in his career.
Can arrived at Liverpool in 2014 and has made undoubted strides during his time in England. When he is performing well, there are few weaknesses in the Liverpool man’s game, as he’s defensively proficient, physical and strong on the ball.
Under manager Jurgen Klopp, he’s pushed on again, and earlier in the current campaign, he was outstanding for the Reds.
Despite this, Turkish Football isn’t sure whether a switch to the Italian champions represents a good move for the midfielder:
Turkish Football @Turkish_Futbol1
Emre Can had a fanbase that adored him at Liverpool and a manager in Jurgen Klopp that kept faith in him even when he was messing them about flirting with Juventus. He has thrown it all away. IMO he’ll struggle to be a first team player at Juve. Not technical enough
At the moment, Juventus are blessed with high-class options in midfield, with Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi and Claudio Marchisio all in competition for places. However, the latter trio are all at the back end of their peak years or even past them completely.
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Can may not be the finished article yet, but he would potentially refresh the Bianconeri’s engine room. On a free transfer, he’d represent a tremendous bargain for the Serie A giants too.
You could argue he wouldn’t be a huge loss for Liverpool either. As noted by journalist Dharma Bhagalia, not only do the Reds have Naby Keita coming in, they’ve been linked with some exciting midfield names:
Dharma Bhagalia @Kloppholic
Was originally fussed with Can leaving, but if we end the summer with Keïta, Jorginho and Fekir, I really couldn’t care less. Can’s a good player and I wish him all the best at Juventus, but at the end of the day, all three of those are far superior choices for our midfield.
Although Liverpool would’ve no doubt preferred to get a transfer fee for a midfielder with potential, you sense there’ll be a feeling of relief from all parties when this deal is finally signed off.
Can is set to move to a club where silverware is expected, as Juventus have won the last seven Serie A titles in succession. Liverpool are currently working towards challenging at the summit of the Premier League, and even with the German departing, supporters will be confident they can still get there.