Juventus will try and sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can during the January window despite their chief executive Beppe Marotta saying only days ago that he couldn’t see the Reds entertaining an approach.
The 23-year-old German international is refusing to ink a new deal with the Reds as they will not agree to an escape clause being inserted into any deal.
Out of contract in the summer, Can can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of England from January 1st meaning he could then leave on a free in the summer.
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If Can fails to agree a new deal and Juventus were to make an approach in January, Liverpool must then decide whether to accept a nominal fee for him or simply allow him to leave on a free at the end of the season.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim Juventus will step up their interest in the player ahead of the mid-season transfer window.
Commenting on Can’s situation back in August, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp said: “Do I think it is too cool that we didn’t fix it so far? No, to be honest. But it is all okay at the moment and we have to take it like this.
“It’s clear we want him and he also wants to stay. It is about a few little details.
“The situation is not perfect, but I am still positive we can find the right solution for both sides.”
Liverpool have as many as 11 senior players who have less than 2 years remaining on their contracts including Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, James Milner and Ben Woodburn. Woodburn will be rewarded with improved terms when he turns 18 later this month.
Roberto Firmino’s contract expires in 2020 but Liverpool are already planning talks to see him extend his stay.