Reports originating from Italy claim that Juventus are preparing to table an official transfer bid for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.
The Serie A giants have been tracking the German international, who is yet to ink a new contract at Anfield, for months and are said to be willing to offer £23million for his services.
Can (23) only has a year remaining on his existing contract and appears to be stalling to see if Liverpool recruit any midfielders this summer.
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The player has previously hit out at the local media following suggestions that he was holding out for more lucrative terms. He insisted at the time that he was happy at the club but had concerns at being played out of position by Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp.
At the time he said: “I read in newspapers it was about money but it isn’t about money. We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine.
“Everything is fine and I just wanted to say it is never about the money. It is about the future, what happens. The last few months the most important thing has been that I am pain-free and we have spoken more about that than the contract.
“We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens. I want to play injury-free. The meetings are with my agent but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years at Liverpool … I’ve had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me because I’ve played out of position, which means more sprints, and 10 minutes into the game I’ve not been able to feel my feet in a few games. I didn’t like to go to the press and say: ‘I am injured.’ I didn’t play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake. I play in a different position now and I don’t sprint too much.”
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