Liverpool rejected a €25million bid from Juventus for Emre Can on transfer deadline day, according to a report in Italy.
An exclusive report from Ilbianconero.com claimed that Juventus were yesterday making a last-ditch effort to purchase the 23-year-old Germany midfielder. The report went on to claim that the initial Bianconeri offer had already been rejected by Liverpool.
Juventus have been heavily linked with the player, who is now in the final year of his contract at Anfield and the article claims Juve “already have the basis of agreement with the entourage of the footballer, but this will only be satisfied at the end of next season and only if the German international does not renew”.
It seems a pretty loose claim to say the least, but the fact that Can has yet to agree a new deal, despite reports all summer that he is close to penning a new contract, will only fan the flames that he is set to leave on a free transfer next summer.
In June it was reported that Can was poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool. Can was believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that would have tied him to Anfield until 2021.
The 23-year-old currently earns around £55,000 a week and his new deal will almost double his existing contract which expires in June 2018.
However, the player is yet to put pen to paper and may well have had his head turned by Juventus after CEO Beppe Marotta earlier this week declared an interest in the player.
“Emre Can is a great player, I don’t know if he will sign a new contract, we will definitely monitor the situation.”
Liverpool have already secured Naby Keita for next season in the same role and it may well be the Guinean player’s arrival would unlock Can’s move to Juve in the summer of 2018