He’s on the proper list of Liverpool players released following the end of the season. He’s Emre Can and we know very little about what has driven the young, German midfielder to seek football elsewhere save for some mumblings over a release clause and Liverpool’s unwillingness to cooperate in such a thing. But we almost don’t care, do we? We have a natural fascination for the machinations of the modern footballer that provides a certain amount of curiosity but beyond that it’s arrivederci, Emre.
Can’s long-rumoured move to Juventus is expected to finally happen this week. Reports of the 24-year-old heading to Italy popped up last summer. Liverpool were attempting to sign Emre to a new contract but all the signs were already flashing arrows towards a departure to Italy. Was it the release clause? Was it calzones? We don’t know. We may never know. And that’s okay.
Will Emre finally turn his head and cough on an Italian leather medical table on Thursday? Romeo Agresti believes he will.
I hope he’s right. It’s the closure we deserve.
Can has been a solid professional during his time at Liverpool. He endured Brendan Rodgers and the great, Emre Can-is-a-defender experiment and came out the other side with Jürgen Klopp. He played in the Champions League final alongside some of the best players in the game right now. But Can is young and he’s motivated to move on to new pastures, for a new experience in his career.
From what I’ve gleaned, Can will be welcomed with open arms by Juventus supporters. And why not? That’s a testament to the platform he had at Liverpool to perform at a high level for several season. But Klopp has moved on.
Fabinho has already been signed by Liverpool as a replacement for Can and Naby Keita will also be added to midfield when the preseason festivities kick off next month.
As for the present, “The day of Emre Can is Thursday.”