Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about Emre Can’s contract negotiations with Liverpool. It is thought the money men are prepared to play hardball, stressing they will not cave in to his demands of better terms. With Can’s agent looking to more than double the player’s current salary.
Can has just over a year left on his current deal at Anfield and if he continues to avoid terms over a new contract Liverpool could potentially cash in on his services this summer. Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep him as part of his plans and an offer is on the table for Can to extend,
However, Liverpool and Klopp are insistent they will not be held to ransom by a player whose performances have been inconsistent to say the least. Can is not an automatic first choice, and Liverpool at the moment are not able to justify paying the player more than they feel he’s worth.
The likes of Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig are monitoring Can’s situation and are ready to approach him should negotiations halt. Liverpool are looking for reinforcements in the midfield area this summer whether Can stays or goes, with RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita high on their wanted list. So we could potentially see a swap or trade deal be discussed.
Unfortunately, should the stand-off continues through to the summer Liverpool’s bargaining power over a sale price will decrease.
According to an initial report from the Mirror, it claims clubs linked to Can would be willing to spend big. It then goes on to detail Liverpool are prepared to offer a fresh deal to the German international that will be loaded with incentives. They are however prepared to sell Can ahead of the final year of his contract, as they are unwilling to lose him on a free transfer in 2018.
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