We have been trying to negotiate a new contract for Emre Can all summer long.
The news was broken by former Times writer Tony Barrett, who has just made his debut in Joe.co.uk but seems just as reliable. He resigned from the Times after their coverage of the Hillsborough verdict.
He claims we have spent “much of the summer” in talks with Can’s agent, Reza Fazeli.
Interestingly, Can shares the same agent as one of our summer targets – Mahmoud Dahoud. Barrett asserts that as a result, we remain “in the box seat” to sign the 20-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.
We signed Emre Can in the summer of 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen. He actually grew up in the Bayern Munich academies and spent just one season at Leverkusen before we made our move.
Amazingly, he only cost us £9.75 million, which is already looking like one of our best deals of recent memory – especially given the inflated fees we see these days.