Man United emerged as shock contenders to sign 23-year-old Liverpool star

MANCHESTER UNITED have emerged as shock contenders to sign Liverpool star Emre Can.

Can’s contract expires at the end of the season and Juventus are favourites to sign the midfielder.

Can will be able to discuss a pre-contract agreement with Juve this week, ahead of a free transfer in the summer.

But Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim Manchester United could muscle in on a deal.

According to the report, Juve are scared the Red Devils will offer Can a rival deal before they can put a package together.

Juve have been trailing Can since last summer, where Liverpool told them to surrender their interests.

Can has refused the contract Liverpool have offered him and the German is expected to head to Turin at the end of the campaign.

And Corriere dello Sport’s report, which names United as a transfer rival to the Old Lady, claim Juve are considering moving for Can now rather than risking it for the summer.

To do that, it is claimed, they will need to offer Liverpool a £5.3m transfer fee.

That strikes as a bargain price for a player widely regarded to be worth many times more.

Liverpool are very unlikely to accept any offer from United for Can, so Juve could get some success at the negotiating table if they are the only other option.

Asked about signing Emre Can in January, Juve boss Max Allegri said: “We have 21-22 players and the core is of quality.

“I have not asked for any reinforcements because then we will have too many and I’ll have too much chaos to think about.

“I’m happy with this team, the important thing is not to lower the tempo.”