Reds have good reason to feel somewhat reassured over Emre Can’s situation following reports suggesting Juventus are eyeing up a move for the German.
The Champions League finalists are supposedly keen on taking advantage of stalling contract talks with Can’s deal set to run out next summer.
Rumours of a dispute over a new deal earlier this season sparked uncertainty surrounding his future at the club yet he has since seemingly emerged as a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, proving to be an influential figure in helping Liverpool secure a top four finish in the Premier League.
Liverpool are relaxed over the situation and are confident Can wants to commit his future to the Reds with discussions between the club and the player’s representatives still ongoing, according to the Liverpool Echo’s Neil Jones.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man is believed to want £100,000 a week, yet suggestions that a disagreement over wages was a contributing factor to him not signing a deal earlier in the year have previously been rubbished by Can himself.
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Liverpool’s strong interest in £50million-rated RB Leipzig central midfielder Naby Keita could well be key in Can seeking a deal worth double his current salary as reassurance that he remains a long-term option for his manager.
Criticism from fans towards his lacklustre displays following the turn of the year and his apparent refusal to sign a new deal has since come to a halt with Can managing to prove his value thanks to an inspired run of form. This saw him thrive in Jordan Henderson’s absence and lead by example with the grit, power and all-action performances that saw him become a favourite during Klopp’s first few months on Merseyside.
The job is maintaining and bolstering this squad and there is little chance Liverpool will let Can leave this summer.