Liverpool are in a peculiar position with their young German midfielder Emre Can as the contract stand-off continues. The player wants to stay at the club, the club wants to tie him for the long term but it is the minute details that are stalling the negotiations, according to Goal.
Top of those differences is the request from Can’s camp for a release clause in his new deal which the Reds are not willing to keep at any cost. As such, both parties are no closer to an agreement and there are worries that the player could leave Liverpool next summer on a free transfer.
The German international’s contract ends next season and as such, he could be free to get into negotiations from January. With Juventus lurking around, Liverpool wouldn’t want to leave it late in the day for an agreement with their star midfielder.
Reports indicate that it is not the wage demands that are a roadblock and that Liverpool are ready to give him a mammoth wage. However, the Reds are also likely to insert a mammoth release clause which is the new bone of contention for the player’s camp. The Reds are willing to lower the release clause but only if the player accepts lower wages.
The 23-year-old is calm with the situation because he has a greater leverage. With every passing day as he gets closer to the end of his contract, Can knows that he can make his choice next summer with Juventus the most interested party.
Also, with the player set to turn 24 by the time his contract expires in June, Liverpool will not be entitled to a compensation fee. As the player’s contract winds down, it is increasingly clear that the club will be at a disadvantage.
When Can was captured from Bayer Leverkusen, it was hailed as a significant purchase. And he has lived up to the billing, especially since Jurgen Klopp took over as boss. At 23, Can still has a lot of future ahead of him and his next destination could potentially decide if he lives up to his potential. Will that be at Liverpool is something that could be decided in the coming months.