Last week, Emre Can was coming off his best game of the season and about to sign a pre-contract with Juventus that would see him head to the Serie A side in the summer on a free. This week he’s coming off one of his worst games of the season and Juventus might have just admitted they’re going to miss out on the player.
Swings and roundabouts, then. In all likelihood, Juventus do remain favourites for his signature. Still, from a lock to a maybe-probably is a pretty big shift in a week—nearly as big a shift as on the pitch. And it has to be counted as good news for Liverpool—at least if you’re not a fan judging Can entirely on his last match.
“The interest is clear,” Juvetnus CEO Giuseppe Marotta told Premium Sport today when asked about their pursuit of the 24-year-old Liverpool and Germany midfielder. “We want to bring him to us but he currently has a contract with Liverpool. He could renew it. And, moreover, there are other teams interested in him.”
It’s hardly a sign Can is about to re-sign for Liverpool—or to choose to go elsewhere but to some other club than Juventus—but after months of every sign pointing to him ending up at the Italian club, it’s a big change. Whatever happens next, though, Marotta says they’re going to do what they can to bring Can to Italy.
”We want to try and bring him to Turin,” he added. “I’m stating this with full awareness that he might not arrive, but we need to have important objectives.”