Emre Can Completes Transfer from Liverpool to Juventus on 4-Year Contract

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2018

Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can runs during a Liverpool team training session at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 25, 2018, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Germany international Emre Can completed his move to Juventus from Liverpool on Thursday.

Amid long-running speculation about the player's future, a deal is finally done, with Juve posting the following on social media:

On their official website, Juve say Can has agreed a four-year deal in Turin.

The switch brings to an end Can's four-year spell with Liverpool in the Premier League, having joined from Bayer Leverkusen. The Reds announced Can would leave upon the expiration of his contract this summer, meaning he would join Juve on a free transfer.

As Football Italia noted, it's long been an open secret that Can will sign for the Serie A champions.

The 24-year-old had some ups and downs at Liverpool, but in the main, he's been a fine player for the Reds. He's kicked on under Jurgen Klopp in recent seasons, carving out a role at the base of midfield.

Can developed under Klopp's guidance.
Can developed under Klopp's guidance.AFP Contributor/Getty Images

Defensively, he may lose focus on occasion, but his application and battling qualities are there for all to see. On the ball, he can be a huge threat, able to carry possession through phases of the field and get attacking moves rolling.

While an injury ended Can's 2017-18 season early, it was a positive campaign for him in terms of his productivity, per BBC's Match of the Day:

Although Juventus will be delighted to have secured the player on a free transfer, Liverpool will be disappointed.

According to Paul Joyce of The Times, Can made it clear he wanted a release clause in any new deal during contract negotiations at Liverpool, something the club was unwilling to entertain.

Juventus have moved to capitalise, continuing their reputation for doing excellent business in the transfer market. As FourFourTweet noted, Can is not the only fine player they have snapped up for nothing in recent years:

The challenge for Can will be forcing his way into a Juventus midfield that contains a number of star names.

Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi tended to be regular starters last season for the Bianconeri, while in reserve, they have veterans Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio. Rodrigo Bentancur is a rising star who will be vying for minutes in this area after some impressive outings last term too.

As for Liverpool, Can's absence is unlikely to be felt too strongly, as they have invested significantly in their midfield options. Naby Keita and Fabinho will be part of the squad next season, giving the Reds solidity, dynamism and incision in this portion of the field.

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