Emre Can is edging closer to sealing his move to Juventus after months of speculation leading up to the expiry of his Liverpool contract.
Turin always served as his likely destination, although the German had been tipped to complete the deal shortly after the club’s Champions League final in Kiev last month.
Can will move to the Italian giants on a free transfer having failed to reach an agreement over an extension at Anfield, with stuttering contract negotiations stretching back as far as 2016.
Wage disputes proved to be an early stumbling block, but it was seemingly Liverpool’s refusal to insert the midfielder’s desired release clause that fuelled his search for a new challenge.
The 24-year-old will undergo his medical on Thursday ahead of his expected unveiling, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.
Can’s final appearance for the club came courtesy of a cameo in the Reds’ European showdown with Real Madrid, which saw him return from a back injury he sustained during the 5-0 win over Watford in mid-March.
Jurgen Klopp has been quick to answer initial fears over the search for a replacement, catching fans by surprise with the signing of holding midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.
The scheduled arrival of the Brazilian and Naby Keita is sure to compensate for the loss of Can’s athleticism and energy, with Klopp also set to pursue a new attacking midfielder as a long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
As disappointing as it will be to see Can go, Liverpool look well-equipped to pursue a Premier League title without him.