European giants eye Liverpool 23-year-old, Klopp readying new deal - report
By Matt Farr
Juventus are one of a host of top European clubs considering a move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can this summer, according to a report.
Can, 23, will have just a year left to run on his contract at the end of the season, but his excessive demands have proven to be a stumbling block in Liverpool’s bid to secure his long term future.
The Mirror claim that Can’s agent is looking to land his client at least double his current wage, which stands at £35,000-a-week, but Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to pay over the odds.
Liverpool opted to offer Can a fresh deal at the start of the new year, but the Merseyside club have made little progress in the months since, and may consider cashing-in on the player as a result.
The ongoing uncertainty has alerted a number of clubs, including Juventus, RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Bayern Leverkusen ahead of the summer transfer window.
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The Reds are hesitant to give Can a pay packet worthy of key player status given his unconvincing displays since his arrival at the club in 2014, and instead are of the belief that Can is befitting of a wage better reflecting his role as a developing player.
But Klopp remains a keen admirer of the versatile midfielder, and would like to see him commit his future to the club.
The German international has seen plenty first-team action this season, but has failed to nail down a regular starting role at Anfield, having made just 15 starts from his 22 Premier League appearances.
Meanwhile, the fans remain unconvinced as to his performances, and have criticised a number of his recent displays.
However, Liverpool are understood to be set to offer him another fresh deal, one loaded with incentives as a makeweight for a wage below Can’s reported demands.
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool are right to be playing hard ball with Can. Since his arrival at the club three years’ ago, Can has been a good player, but he has not been great. He has yet to hit the top level for the club on a consistent basis, and he is going to have to do a lot more on the pitch to convince Liverpool to increase their offer; one that is closer to his demands. But should Liverpool decide to sell him in the summer, there will be no shortage of suitors, and they should get their money back. Meanwhile, Klopp is expected to add a number of midfield reinforcements to his squad in the summer, and offloading Can would make room for any potential new arrivals.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is reportedly eyeing a swoop for this international midfield enforcer with a £31.7million release clause.