Earlier in the week, Juventus’ CEO Beppe Marotta said that he couldn’t see Liverpool selling Emre Can in January and that the Italian club didn’t expect to make any major moves. Now, though, reports in Italy claim that isn’t entirely true.
Can may not end up at Juventus in three months when the transfer window opens, but the Italian club would like to get a deal done to bring him in mid-season according to Tuttosport and a smattering of others focused on covering Serie A.
The most likely route to signing Can in January would be to get him on a pre-contract agreement as quickly as possible should he still not have signed a new Liverpool contract by the start of the new year—and to then offer approach Liverpool about a transfer.
Take a small fee now to let Can depart half a season early or be certain of losing him on a free in the summer. That would be the choice put to Liverpool if things go according to Juventus’ hopes and plans, at least as outlined by the Italian press.
And that’s of course assuming any of the reports are based on actual information coming from Juventus and aren’t simply conjecture, putting Juventus’ known interest from last summer and the lack of movement towards a new deal for Can at Liverpool together.
Mostly, though, it’s plausible. True or not, it’s plausible. Based on inside insight or not, if Can doesn’t have a new contract when the January transfer window opens, it will be hard to imagine him still being at Liverpool for the 2018-19 season.