Emre Can’s switch to Juventus has felt like an inevitability for close to a year now, but with the transfer saga dragging on month after month at times there has felt like a sliver of hope—reason to believe Can might re-up at Anfield when all was said and done.
That won’t be happening according to The Guardian, who say that a five-year, €5M per season (or roughly £85k per week) deal has been agreed between the player and the Serie A side and that it will be made official shortly after the Champions League final.
If that is in fact what happens, the only truly surprising part will be that it’s taken this long. Some, though, may raise their eyebrows a little at the wage package on offer given the Reds are believed to have offered Can wages in excess of £100k per week to stay.
Juventus, though, may be compensating the player in other ways—either with a large signing-on bonus or by giving him the relatively undervalue buyout clause that is widely believed to be what stopped him re-signing for Liverpool at the end of the day.
In the meantime, Can has returned to training with Liverpool this week ahead of the Champions League final but given his long layoff it is unlikely he will have a role to play against Real Madrid on Saturday even if he is deemed fully fit in time for kickoff.
Regardless, once that game is out of the way it’s likely that we will begin to see a series of early moves in the transfer market involving Liverpool—including Can’s departure from the club and, potentially, the signing of Lyon star Nabil Fekir.