Exclusive: Emre Can to Stay at Liverpool?


Anfield Edition understands that Liverpool are growing increasingly confident that Emre Can will now sign a new deal at LFC.

Liverpool will likely need to compromise the current deal on the table to tie Can down to a new contract.

The Reds have been trying to sign the 23-year-old midfielder to a new contract for a number of months yet Can has been reluctant, with reports suggesting that a failure to include a release clause and no guarantee of a starting role are factors in this decision.

Can signing an agreement in principle to join Serie A Champions Juventus in the summer for free seemed like a done deal and according to Italian publication Calciomercato, Juventus are willing to make Can their third highest earner (behind Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín) with wages of €5 million-a-year. However, Can is now considering his options and Klopp has faith in him signing a new deal and is even prepared to wait until the end of the season for this to happen.

Despite many thinking Can wouldn’t be a huge loss for the club and has a lack of consistency required to a top-level player, he’s still a top passer and presser of the ball, can offer defensive stability and is capable of scoring world-class goals — evidenced by his goal of the season against Watford back in May. A potential partnership with Naby Keita next season sounds enticing and must be something Klopp is desperate to try.

Although Can is undecided and may still move to Juventus, Liverpool realise his importance and are doing their upmost not to lose him for nothing in the summer and recent developments suggest that Can may stay at Anfield after all.

With Coutinho having already departed to Barcelona, the prospect of losing another class midfielder is a worrying one and Klopp will be hopeful that Can will pen a new deal. Yet if not, a top level replacement must already be in mind.



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