€31m star close to sign Liverpool contract after verbal agreement

Emre Can is close to signing a new contract at Liverpool following his return from holiday, according to The Daily Mail.

It was reported earlier this month that the €31m-rated German had verbally agreed a new deal to stay at Anfield, and that he was due to put pen-to-paper upon his return, following his participation in the Confederations Cup.

The midfielder linked up with his teammates at Melwood on Tuesday morning, and was joined by new boy Andrew Robertson as Jurgen Klopp continued his preparations ahead of the upcoming training camp in Germany.

The 23-year-old’s representatives have been in dialogue with the club’s hierarchy for over a year now, but it seems a compromise has finally been reached.

There had been concerns from the player’s side on whether he would be guaranteed the game time this season, especially with Klopp trying desperately to add top midfield target Naby Keita to his ranks.

However, Can met with Klopp at the end of last season and verbally agreed to an extension, which the club now expect him to sign in the near future.

Italian Champions Juventus have been linked with the German international for a number of months now, and are said to have been monitoring a range of midfielders this summer including Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi and PSG’s Blaise Matuidi.

The Mail state that the Italian giants have turned their attentions back to Blaise Matuidi after growing frustrated in their pursuit of Can.

Earlier this week, Klopp confirmed that talks have been very positive. In an interview with the Liverpool Echo he said:

“You can imagine we’re involved in talks and we all feel good and confident in this moment.

“That means they’re not the worst talks but until anything is done or signed there’s nothing to say.

“Emre is a very important player for us. We don’t want to sell or lose players who are in our first line up or close to it.

“Emre is certainly one of them. We want to keep him and we’re having good talks.