Juventus Transfer News: Latest on Emre Can and Alex Sandro Rumours, More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2018

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Italian agent Federico Pastorello has had his say on Juventus' transfer plans, stating the signing of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is all but completed, Alex Sandro's value could rise even more and Kwadwo Asamoah is a popular target for foreign clubs.

As reported by Football Italia, Pastorello told Tuttosport he is certain Can will join the Bianconeri, as he spoke about the move as if it was already done: "Emre Can is a huge coup, even more so because he'll arrive on a free transfer. Marotta and Paratici have done very well. Juventus are a club that attract champions, and important signals are coming from the German."

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Philip Billing of Huddersfield Town in action with Emre Can of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool at John Smith's Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Huddersfield, England. (Pho
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The 24-year-old seems destined to end up in Turin, with his current contract set to run out in the summer. The Serie A giants are the kings of the free-agent market, adding the likes of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Fernando Llorente and Sami Khedira for minimal investments in the past decade.

While some Reds maintain hope Can will sign a new deal, most of the people involved with Liverpool seem resigned to his departure. Former midfielder Dietmar Hamann even went so far as to downplay his importance, per Goal:

There's no doubt losing Can would be a serious blow, however, as the Germany international has developed into a fine all-round midfielder during his time at Anfield. He's yet to hit his prime, and at this stage, it appears Juventus will reap the full rewards of Liverpool's efforts to nurture the player.

He's been in fine form of late, which would make his departure even harder:

While Can is likely to move to Italy, Sandro could move away, with several Premier League clubs in need of an upgrade at left-back. According to Pastorello, he won't come cheap: "Alex Sandro? Juventus rejected €50 million for him last summer. If the Brazilian gets back to his best, maybe [the offers] will rise to €60 million."

The former FC Porto man hasn't enjoyed a great 2017-18 campaign and was even benched in favour of the resurgent Asamoah at certain points. His play has improved of late, however, culminating in a starring display against Sassuolo earlier this month, in which he recorded a goal and assist.

Sandro is widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world, and Juventus will demand at least £52 million for the speedster, with Chelsea and Manchester City said to be interested, according to Tuttosport (h/t Greg Johnson of Football.London). The Daily Mirror's John Cross added Manchester United to the list of suitors.

Juventus's defender from Brazil Alex Sandro (C) fights for the ball with Bologna's defender Ibrahima Mbaye from Senegal (L) and Bologna's forward Orji Okwonkwo from Nigeria during the Italian Serie A football match Bologna vs Juventus on December 17, 2017
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Juventus could afford to cash in on Sandro thanks to the rise of Leonardo Spinazzola, who has made huge strides while on loan at Atalanta and is now a full Italy international; he'll return to Turin in the summer.

Asamoah is also an option at left-back, and after a few injury-plagued seasons, the Ghanaian is now back to his best. Per Pastorello, other clubs have noticed: "Asamoah? He's fine at Juve and playing more now, but after many years in Italy, I won't rule out an experience abroad for him. At least 7-8 teams have asked me about Asa. The doors are open."

Still just 29 years old, the former Udinese man is one of Juventus' most versatile players, and his ability to play anywhere on the left wing or as a central midfielder makes him an ideal bench option.

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