By Wayne Veysey

24th Jan, 2017 | 2:24pm

Reliable Liverpool journalist delivers bombshell: Key midfielder is ready to quit the club

By Alex Stevens

Emre Can could quit Liverpool in the summer as he stalls on a signing a new contract, according to a reliable journalist.

Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce has revealed in a question-and-answer session (2.04pm) that the Anfield future of the central midfielder is “up in the air”.

Pearce reported that Liverpool have offered Can a new contract to replace his existing deal, which expires in 18 months.

But the Germany international has refused to put pen to paper because he wants more money, which has led to a stalemate between the two parties.

The reliable Pearce delivered the bombshell that Can is likely to be sold in the summer if he does not come to an agreement with the club he joined from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014.

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“I wouldn’t say Emre Can is definitely off but his future is certainly up in the air,” wrote Pearce, when replying to a question about the midfielder’s future. “He has been stalling over a new contract and clearly believes he’s worth more than Liverpool are offering.Hopefully it will be sorted before the end of the season.

“If he doesn’t sign then it’s likely he will be sold because I can’t see Liverpool letting him enter the final year of his current contract.”

Can, 23, signed a four-year deal when he moved from the Bundesliga and has subsequently been a mainstay of the team in various positions, including centre-back, defensive midfield and his favourite attacking midfield slot.

The German has overcome ankle problems at the start of the campaign to make 22 appearances this season, which have yielded three goals and two assists.

In total, Can has played in 111 matches for Liverpool and is regarded as a key member of the first team.

The contract stalemate comes after the players revealed in November that negotiations were going well and he was very settled at Anfield.

“Yes, the club have spoken to my agent,” Can said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. “The talks are going very good.

“I have one-and-a-half years left. I am still under contract and it is my agent’s work (to sort it out). I am very happy here at Liverpool.”

In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have tabled a mega bid for a young defender and a record-breaking deal has been agreed.

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