Liverpool Transfer News: Giuseppe Marotta Discusses Emre Can Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2018

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Juventus' general manager Giuseppe Marotta has said there's a chance his side may not sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can because there are a number of teams interested in the Germany international.

Can's contract at Anfield is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning he is allowed to discuss terms with clubs outside of the Premier League with a view to a free transfer in the summer.

"We know that there are other clubs in the race to sign him," Marotta said, per Dejan Kalinic of Goal. "If he decides to come to Juventus, we will be happy, but if he decides to join another team, we will take another chance."

EMPOLI, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Giuseppe Marotta CEO of Juventus FC during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Juventus FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on October 2, 2016 in Empoli, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo), the Italian champions have made it clear to Can they want to wrap up a deal for him quickly.

Additionally, Gazzetta said Real Madrid are monitoring developments and Can would like to see former club Bayern Munich move for him. Liverpool have not given up hope of sealing an extension with the 24-year-old yet, though.

The Empire of the Kop Twitter account suggested that the player would be foolish to leave a Liverpool team playing so well:

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However, as noted by Bleacher Report's Gianni Verschueren, a club like Juventus possess a special allure:

Can has enjoyed a decent season for the Reds and has come into form in recent weeks. He can be inconsistent, though, particularly when he's forced to deal with opposition attackers in a holding-midfield berth.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man is actually more effective when he's handed some freedom to venture forward.

Can is powerful in possession and difficult to barge off the ball when he does march up the pitch. He's an intelligent player, too, able to open up attacking options for the Reds with his passing ability.

As noted by football writer Andrew Beasley, he's also strong in the air:

With six goals netted in all competitions this term, Can is chipping in with important contributions, and there's no doubt he's developed under manager Jurgen Klopp. Losing him for nothing would feel like a bitter blow for the Reds.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their first goal  during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool at John Smith's Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Huddersfield, England.  (Photo by G
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You sense that if Can was going to extend his stay on Merseyside, a deal would've been signed. And with such high-profile clubs said to be interested in him, it would be a shock if the midfielder turned down the chance to play for a team like Juventus or Real Madrid.

Juve would make sense for the German, as he would be able to revitalise a midfield that's been reliant on a number of over-30s in Claudio Marchisio, Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira. However, based on Marotta's quotes, it appears any deal remains a fair way from completion.