Manchester City Set To Launch Bid For Liverpool Star In January
There are probably still a few Liverpool fans who are bitter over Raheem Sterling's move to Manchester City two years ago and their moods towards their rivals from the blue half of Manchester are unlikely to be improved with the latest bit of transfer news emanating from Italy, today.
It has been reported on multiple occasions over the past six months that Juventus have been chasing the Reds' German midfielder Emre Can, who is out of contract at the end of the season. However, it appears that City may have stepped ahead of the Bianconeri in the chase for the former Bayer Leverkusen man's signature.
Can has caused frustration at Anfield with his refusal to commit to a new deal, despite being one of Jurgen Klopp's favoured players. And in less than two months, the Germany international is free to discuss terms with any club he chooses.
Can has become one of Jurgen Klopp's most trusted players over the last two seasons, but the German midfielder seems to be seeking a move elsewhere at the end of the season. Images: PA
It was expected that, should Can move, he would make the swtich to Juve, where the presence of his compatriot Sami Khedira was expected to be a focal point of the Italian champions' plan to secure the 23-year-old's signature.
Not arsed if Emre Can goes to Juve on a free but if he goes to Man City I hope he dies on his way there- Michael (@MichaelLFC28) November 11, 2017
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But City have now emerged as the frontrunners for Can, according to Football Italia and, in Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, have their own German contingent to persuade Can to move to the Etihad stadium.
It is now believed that Can's most likely next destination is Manchester City, who have reportedly stole a march on Juventus in the pursuit of the 23-year-old's signature. Image: PA
The move would come as a bitter blow for Liverpool, who would not only be losing one of their most prized assets, but would be doing so free of charge and to one of their closest Premier League rivals.
Can has made 143 appearances for Liverpool since arriving at Anfield in 2014, scoring 11 goals.
(H/T Football Italia)
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