A failure to tie Emre Can down to a new long-term contract represents one main regret to have emerged from Liverpool’s summer business.
The German is in the final year of his current deal and has been strongly linked with 2016/2017 Champions League finalist Juventus.
Aside from the frustrations of the club struggling to acquire its first choice targets, the lack of progress in negotiations with Can has been a worrying topic of conversation amongst Reds- especially given the midfielder’s sparkling form.
The 23-year-old is keen on a January move to the Serie A giants and has no interest in signing an extension at Anfield, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
Can was reportedly subject to a £23million deadline-day approach from the Italian champions, which was immediately rebuffed by Liverpool.
The Reds could now risk losing him for as little as £9million if they fail to reach an agreement on terms of a new deal.
As with the Catalan press and the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga, though, the chances are that the media in Italy are simply trying to fuel a possible deal.
As with Liverpool’s approach to the Coutinho saga, the club will undoubtedly stand firm with a desire to keep hold of the former Bayer Leverkusen man.
Can’s impressive start to the new season has only reaffirmed a belief amongst fans that securing him for years to come remains a priority.