The day where Emre Can’s poorly-disguised move to Juventus need not be discussed is edging ever closer.
Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final is seemingly the only factor denying an outright confirmation of a deal most have known is happening for some time.
Can will trade in the red of Liverpool for the Old Lady’s famous black and white strip as a free agent when his Anfield contract expires this summer.
Negotiations over an extension on Merseyside date back to 2016, with numerous disagreements consequently leading the midfielder to seek a new challenge elsewhere.
Juventus chief executive Guiseppe Marotta has explained how he hopes for the deal to be officially completed following Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev next week.
Emre Can to Juventus, here we go ✔️
Just confirmed also by Juventus director Marotta: “I’m confident we’ll be able to announce Emre Can signing after Champions League final” 🇩🇪 #transfers#Liverpool#LFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 19, 2018
A long-awaited announcement promises to conclude a distracting side-story to an otherwise progressive season for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Can’s departure will come as a blow in light of what he could have achieved alongside Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, but it shouldn’t tarnish the club on its route back to elite status.
It does, however, alsoo open up another area for Klopp to address in the transfer market in terms of the necessity for further midfield reinforcements and, in particular, another no.6.
Can currently faces a race against time to get himself fit for Saturday’s final having recently received discouraging results on a back injury that has sidelined him since March’s 5-0 win over Watford.
A key role in helping the Reds towards Champions League glory would qualify as a suitable farewell.