Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is set to sign a new Liverpool contract paying him around £100k per week and running through the summer of 2021. Or at least he is if reports in Italy are to be believed. Which, its surface at least, seems a bit of a stretch. The context, though, matters.
And the context here is that Juventus are abandoning their pursuit of the 23-year-old German international after they received word that he was certain now to remain at his current club as a new deal had been agreed in principle and all that was left to go on it were a few small formalities.
That story has begun to spread, from Tutto Mercato Web to the English press, and Liverpool fans will now have to hope things work out the way the often unreliable Italian football press believe they will, and that the young midfielder will shortly sign a deal to keep him at the club heading into his prime years.
Liverpool had previously signalled that they had no desire to sell Can this summer despite that he was heading into the final year of his current deal, with Jürgen Klopp preferring to risk loosing him on a free next summer to selling him for a fee this year.
Still, that hadn’t stopped the talk of a potential transfer—especially in Italy—or the rumblings around the club that suggested a new deal was a priority for the club despite a frustrating few months of negotiations where the parties had failed to find common ground on the wage front.
After a slow start to last season, in the end Can managed five goals and three assists in 40 total appearances. With continuing injury concerns surrounding captain Jordan Henderson, many will expect Can to end up the club’s first choice for the base of Klopp’s single-pivot midfield next season.