By Richard Parks
Liverpool are to hold fresh talks with Emre Can over a new contract after he rejected their initial offer, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Merseyside giants have not given up hope of agreeing a new deal with the Germany international, whose current agreement expires at the end of the season.
It is said that Can is seeing a new contract worth more than £200,000-a-week that would make him the best paid player in the club’s history.
The Mirror report that Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are “unlikely” to meet the 24-year-old’s demands but “further talks” will be held before his future is resolved.
Juventus and Premier League leaders Manchester City are among the clubs keeping close tabs on Can.
Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson revealed last month, as quoted by the Express, that Can had been “offered a fantastic deal” to stay at Anfield.
Football Insider verdict:
There is a glimmer of hope that Can will stay at Liverpool but the club will have to push out the boat to get a deal agreed. Is he worth it? Well, yes, to an extent. The German is improving every season and is the finest central midfielder available to Jurgen Klopp. He can be frustrating, as his tendency to take an extra touch slows down attacks, but his energy, physicality and passing range make him a key player. Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum are fine operators, but none of them are as capable as Can. Approaching his peak years, he knows the Premier League inside out and is an authoritative top-level performer. Liverpool are a better team with him in it than out.
In other Liverpool news, the club are to table a mega goal machine offer, he will certainly be at Anfield in 18/19.