Liverpool central midfielder Emre Can has reportedly reached an agreement to join Italian giants Juventus this summer after months of speculation according to Sky Italy, despite Liverpool still hoping to keep German powerhouse. Rumours surrounding Can possibly leaving Anfield this January have been dismissed with the club adamant, he will not be sold. With Can out of contract at the end of the season, he is free to negotiate with any club overseas and sign a pre-contractual agreement for when his contract ends.

According to Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo,  Liverpool have received no notification from the Can regarding a possible agreement between the player and Juventus and are extremely hopeful that a deal can still be agreed to keep him at the club. However, it is understood that Can does not have to make Liverpool aware of his destination beyond this summer, if he is to leave the club.

Originally signed from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee in the region of £10m in 2014, Can was described as an “inspirational young talent” by then manager Brendan Rodgers. He made his competitive debut as a substitute in a 3-1 away defeat to Manchester City in August replacing Joe Allen, scoring his first Liverpool goal against Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat at Anfield in November of the same year. He has made 154 appearances since then scoring 16 goals.

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His time at Liverpool has been disappointing overall and has not lived up to the expectations pushed upon him in my opinion, this is partly due to Brendan Rodgers playing him out of position at centre back at the start of his Liverpool career. This season however, Can has established himself as an integral part of Jurgen Klopps’s plans making 17 appearances in all competitions. I feel losing him would be a big loss, unless we replace him with someone like Leon Goretzka or Mateo Kovacic who both have been linked with a move to Liverpool this season would be ideal candidates to replace the 23-year-old.

Written by Tino Palmer

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