With every passing day, it looks likely that Liverpool will have to live with the fact that midfielder Emre Can is set for an exit. The in-demand German international is locked in discussions with the Reds but with no compromise in sight, and he looks set for a move.
The 23-year-old has under eight months remaining on his contract, which will expire next summer. The Reds have been making desperate attempts to get the youngster sign a new deal but the response from the player’s camp has not been positive.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the Reds have been locked in discussions with the player since June 2016. That was the first time when the club approached Can with a new contract but until now, there have been no developments.
Ironically, the only development seems to be the reach of an impasse and a stage where it looks like the player will move out of Anfield. Can has gone multiple times on record to insist that the delay is nothing about the financial deal that is being offered.
It is more because of the fact that the German youngster wants a release clause in his contract. The club was reluctant to include the same and do not want to make a special exemption to Can – having not put such a clause in Philippe Coutinho’s re-signed deal last January.
This development means that Can will be able to start negotiating with other European clubs in January about signing a pre-contract. The biggest worry for the Reds is that they are set to lose a huge asset next summer for nothing!
Juventus have been persistent with their interest in the player, having come close to making a bid, while German giants Bayern Munich have also been reported as watching the developments with a keen eye.
Who wouldn’t? Someone as talented as Can, if available for free – that’s a rarity in this market era of astronomical transfer fees.
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool seem prepared to risk letting him go on a free transfer, rather than trying to sell him in January or include a release clause. It now looks like that might materialise soon enough!