No Answer Soon Claims Juve Chief
Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta says he isn’t expecting an answer this week from Liverpool midfielder Emre Can over a summer move.
Germany international Can is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk to overseas clubs. It had been thought that the 24-year-old would sign a deal with Juve that would see him earn around €5million a year after tax – the equivalent of around £150,000 a week gross.
But speaking to reporters on Sunday, Marotta said his club are no nearer any deal.
“There is no chance of closing the deal in a couple of days. He is a good player and we like him but there are other contenders too. We have to wait for his answer.”
Whereas Can is able to sign a contract with an overseas side he is not free to open talks with clubs in the Premier League. That will have to wait until 1 July when he formally becomes a free agent.
The fear at Juventus is that there is another Premier League club interested in Can. The hope at Anfield is that the German midfielder may yet sign a new deal with Liverpool. His representatives want a release fee in the contract and there is no agreement over the length of the deal.
Can has scored six goals and laid on five assists for Liverpool in the 36 matches he has played in all competitions this season.
Last week the midfielder insisted that he isn’t thinking about his future at the moment. He also hinted that any decision on his future will have to wait until the end of the season.
“I haven’t signed for any other club, I’m just focused on this season,” he said. “We want to finish in second place in the Premier League, we’re in the Champions League quarter-finals and we want to progress. That’s all I’m focused on now.
“My agent has blocked all the negotiations, I’m thinking only of football.”