Emre Can has been warned of a 7-day deadline to accept (or reject) Juventus’ big money offer laid on the table, otherwise they’ll look elsewhere – according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The Italian champions interest in the German has been longstanding and they’re prepared to amp up the pressure on Can and his agent Reza Fazeli. With a significant pay rise, a chance at dominating Italy and the promise of competing with Europe’s elite all laying in front of Can – Juventus are growing impatient with his deliberation over the move and will try to force his hand.
Juventus have been able to negotiate with Emre Can since the turn of the year, with just six months remaining on the midfielder’s contract with Liverpool. Several enquiries have been made during this time, but the club’s stance remains firm and they expect Can to stay at Anfield if Champions League football is secured. Manchester City are also monitoring the Emre Can situation but they will be unable to discuss contract terms until a month remains on his current deal due to Premier League regulations.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side remain the frontrunners for his signature for this very reason, with Can also giving his word to Juventus that if he leaves Liverpool, they will be top of his potential suitors. Juventus are currently chasing a seventh successive Scudetto but are being challenged by Napoli, who at the time of writing, are four points clear at the top.
A team notorious for their stringency in the transfer market, Juventus have a history of snapping up world class talent on free transfers in recent years – Paul Pogba, Sami Khedira, Andrea Pirlo and Dani Alves are just a few of the names who’ve moved to Turin.
With competition beginning to catch Juventus, Andrea Agnelli is struggling to keep up with the spending power of clubs such as PSG and Barcelona. The Juventus chairman is determined not to get caught up in a spending war and sees opportunistic signings such as Emre Can as a sustainable strategy for Juventus going forward.
This being said, Juventus are not a club to be kept waiting and this week-long deadline could be significant in where Emre Can plays his football next season. The Italian side hope to hold talks with Emre Can this week but with Liverpool approaching a busy period where they will play three crucial games in the span of just seven days – talks will more than likely be delayed for the time being.