Liverpool are happy to lose Emre Can on a free transfer and the millions of pounds he’d be worth if sold to a buyer.
This is because we do not want to set a precedent for the future in which players can bully us into accepting release-clauses in contracts.
The Daily Mail state that Liverpool are ‘refusing to grant special dispensation’ to Can, who has said he’ll only renew his Reds deal if it includes an affordable release-clause.
Liverpool have decided this is against club policy and prefer to make an example of Can than give in to his wishes.
It does mean that future players either extending deals at the club or arriving from elsewhere will know the type of contracts the club insists upon.
We managed to sign Coutinho to a five-year deal without a release-clause in January, and it enabled us to keep him this summer despite Barcelona’s gigantic offers and his preference to leave.
The Can decision will be financially costly, but in playing terms, Naby Keita is arriving to replace him.
Perhaps we’ll use to Bosman market to our advantage and acquire Schalke’s Leon Goretzka to boot.