Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta says that his club are “at the window” waiting to see whether Emre Can extends his contract with Liverpool, as they look to land another high-profile player on a free transfer next summer.
The 23-year-old midfielder’s current contract at Anfield expires next summer and the Bianconeri are willing to offer him terms beyond then, should he turn down Liverpool’s offers of a new deal.
“Emre Can is a great player,” Marotta told Calciomercato. “I don’t know if he will extend his contract with Liverpool, but we are at the window, watching what happens.”
In recent years, Juve have secured the services of the likes of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Sami Khedira, Fernando Llorente and Kingsley Coman on free transfers, making sizeable resale profits on Pogba and Coman.
A similar move for Can, who would be free to discuss terms with clubs outside England from January 2018, is a possibility, especially after Marotta told Mediaset television at the weekend how much a fan he is of the Germany international.
“Can’s contract expires in June, which means we can negotiate in January,” he said. “I cannot hide how much I like him, but he’s a Liverpool player. All we can do is admire him.”
Marotta confirmed following the arrival of Benedikt Howedes on Wednesday that his club’s summer transfer activities were over, even though he left a door open to Kwadwo Asasmoah being sold, just as long as they can find a quick replacement.
“I cannot hide that he wants to join Galatasaray, and when a player wants to leave, we try to satisfy them,” Marotta told Calciomercato. “But their offer came in late and we are not in a position to replace him, but maybe we will be on Thursday.
“If he does have to stay, though, he will rediscover his energy to play for Juventus.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso, who retired in the summer, has revealed how he was once close to joining Juve.
“You can’t have everything in life, but I admit I would have really liked it,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “As you know, I was really close to joining Juve at one time. Liverpool and Juve could not reach an agreement, though. But it happens.”
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.