With Emre Can’s contract negotiations with Liverpool stalling over the last few months and just a year left to go on his current deal, the reality is that the 23-year-old German midfielder could be set to depart the club in the summer. If a new deal isn’t signed quickly, it would become a near inevitability.
Liverpool will already be deep into their planning for the summer, and if Can continues to hold out, they will make plans for a future without him. And for Can, a future without Liverpool seems likeliest to involve a return to the Bundesliga, with RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Hoffenheim sniffing around.
Or at least that’s what reports from the Mirror and elsewhere claim, with the normally reliable David Maddock leading the charge suggesting Can could find himself back in Germany very soon. Juventus are also being linked with him, but most of the noise involves that trio of German clubs.
Now, the only real question is who it is who’s putting their names out there in the English press. The likeliest candidate, of course, is Can or his representatives given the player’s agent is reportedly seeking a £70k per week deal to keep his client at Liverpool. Reports of interest elsewhere could help him in that cause.
It’s also possible, though, that if the club believe a compromise cannot be found with the player, they may already be discussing transfer possibilities with interested clubs and that the information of this is coming to well connected journalists from club sources.
Either way, it casts serious doubt on Can’s Anfield future following a largely disappointing second season under Jürgen Klopp that has seen Can struggle with form and fitness for much of the campaign.