Emre Can is now into the final season of his contract with Liverpool and that allows suitor clubs to approach the 23-year-old directly in January.
After months of talks with the player, Liverpool have still not been able to agree a new deal with him and it is feared that we could dearly pay for the delay by losing him in January for a considerably less amount.
Juventus are a club that have not hidden their interest in the player in the recent months as they look for an able replacement for the ageing Sami Khedira.
The Bianconeri were believed to be in contact with the former Bayer Leverkusen man during the summer window and even had an offer turned down by the Reds for the midfielder.
Rumours were that Juventus will wait until the winter window to get their top target on the cheap, but CEO Giuseppe Marotta has now admitted that the Italian champions are not expecting Liverpool to make the Germany international available in January.
“We don’t think we are going to make a big signing in January,” the 60-year-old told Premium Sport.
“We have faith in this team and in these lads. As for Emre Can, I don’t think Liverpool will sell him in January.
“We made an offer for him in the summer but the Reds didn’t sell him so I don’t think they’ll change their mind in the middle of the season.”
Recent reports claimed that the renewal standoff is due to Can’s demand for a release clause in his new contract but Liverpool are said to be looking to avoid inserting any such condition in any of their future renewals.
It is noteworthy that it’s the absence of a buyout clause in Philippe Coutinho’s contract that prevented Barcelona from signing the Brazilian in the summer. Moreover, the Catalans had to sell star striker Neymar against their wishes in the same window to PSG because of a release clause.
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Can is still very young for a central midfielder and has huge potential to grow into a world-class player. His ability to help in the attack as well as in the holding role makes him somewhat indispensable at Liverpool at the moment.
Despite the fact that Liverpool are preparing for the arrival of their record signing Naby Keita next summer or possibly even before that, letting Can leave would be seen as a huge mistake, both in footballing and financial terms.