Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Emre Can and Sheyi Ojo

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  Emre Can of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield on May 21, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Juventus are reportedly preparing a £21.8 million offer for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, while Newcastle United are interested in Sheyi Ojo but only on loan.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb (h/t Jacque Talbot of Calciomercato, via HITC), Juventus have identified Can as a target in which to invest the funds of the Leonardo Bonucci sale, with his contract situation of particular interest to the club.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man only has one year left on his current deal, and if the Reds aren't able to sign him to a long-term agreement, they could choose to cash in now, rather than risk losing him for free.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (C) celebrates with teammates Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (R) and Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (2L) after he scored their second goal during the English Premier League football
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Reports surfaced on Sunday saying the Germany international had agreed to an extension, per Anfield HQ, but so far, those rumours have not been confirmed.

The 23-year-old started 26 Premier League matches for the Reds last season and improved as the season wore on. He travelled to Russia with the German national team after the domestic campaign, where he helped the side win the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Juventus will be eager to make a statement signing in the wake of Bonucci's transfer to AC Milan, which left a lot of the team's fans furious. The centre-back was not expected to leave during the summer, let alone to a direct rival.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 12:  Sheyi Ojo of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Elsewhere, Lee Ryder of the Chronicle Live reported Newcastle are interested in Ojo but only as a loan option. Per the report, Irish outlets claimed the Magpies had made a £10 million offer on Monday, but sources within the club said differently.

The 20-year-old didn't feature much last season and could use a loan move to find more minutes and continue his development. Per Jack Lusby of This is Anfield, there were previous indications he could join Middlesbrough:

For Newcastle, the speedster would be a welcome addition to their attack as they prepare for their return to the Premier League. The Magpies have a lot of talent spread through the squad, but speed out wide remains a question mark.

Ojo wasn't added to Liverpool's Asia Trophy squad, a strong indication a move is imminent. Whether that's a loan or a permanent deal remains to be seen, although the former―or a transfer with a buy-back clause―seems more likely.

The Reds have enough athleticism in attack to let the youngster leave on loan for a year, even if they don't bring in a replacement.