Liverpool confirm departure of Emre Can

Emre Can is expected to sign for Liverpool on a free transfer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have confirmed Emre Can will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The Germany international joined from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 and made 167 appearances for the club, the last of which came as a substitute in the recent Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.

Can suffered an injury towards the end of last season, and although he recovered in time to participate in the final in Kiev, his lack of fitness ultimately cost him a place in Joachim Low’s World Cup squad.

Jurgen Klopp had been keen to retain the services of the 24-year-old but the versatile midfielder failed to agree terms and is reported to have already agreed a four-year contract with Italian champions Juventus.

Jon Flanagan has also been released along with youth players Toni Gomes, Paulo Alves, Mich’el Parker, Jordan Williams, Anthony Glennon, Jordan Hunter and Harvey Whyte, while Yan Dhanda has agreed a free transfer to Swansea City.

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can to take step towards Juventus move after Champions League final

Can is just days away from all-but sealing his move away from Liverpool.Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will travel to Italy just days after the Champions League final against Real Madrid for a medical ahead of his much-anticipated move to Juventus, according to reports.

The front-page of Tuttosport on Wednesday leads with the story that Can is expected in Turin next week to complete a much-anticipated move to the Serie A champions.

He is expected to sign a five-year deal worth between €6m and €7m a year, making him the club’s second best paid player behind Gonzalo Higuain.

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Juve expect the examination at their J-Medical headquarters to be a mere formality having monitored the fitness of the Germany international, who has not played since mid-March due to a back problem.

Can, 24, trained on Monday however ahead of Liverpool facing Real in Kiev and Juventus officials are confident the injury is not severe having already conducted their own tests.

Jurgen Klopp has not ruled out Can featuring in the final this weekend despite his impending departure to Juventus, after five months of talks between his representatives and Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

Emre Can is on the verge of completing his move to Juventus from Liverpool (Picture: Tuttosport)The ex-Bayer Leverkusen star is understood to have been subject to interest from Real, while former club Bayern Munich and Premier League champions Manchester City have also shown an interest.

But the prospect of being a central figure at the Juventus Stadium was too good an opportunity to turn down.

Fellow German Sami Khedira is said to have played a central role in convincing Can to move to Serie A after speaking in glowing terms regarding the club’s winning mentality.

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It remains to be seen whether Can will start the latest chapter in his fledgling career as a European champion as Klopp deliberates over whether to include him in his matchday squad.

Amid intense speculation regarding his future, Can has not played for Liverpool since the 5-0 win over Watford on 17 March but his return to fitness means he is in contention to play in the showcase final.

Having made six appearances in the competition for Liverpool, Can would be eligible for a medal if the Reds do indeed prevail in the Ukrainian capital.

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can ‘doesn’t deserve’ to face Real Madrid in Champions League final

Can trained on Monday ahead of the game after over two months out of action. (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been advised to omit Emre Can from his squad for this weekend’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Germany international is out-of-contract at the end of the season and is expected to complete a long-anticipated move to Juventus after Saturday’s showcase in Kiev.

Can had been locked in talks with Liverpool over a possible extension but looks set to make-way for Naby Keita, who already has an agreement in place to move to Anfield this summer from RB Leipzig.

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A back injury has prevented Can from playing since mid-March, but having trained on Monday he could be in contention to face Real in what would be a fitting Liverpool swansong.

However, with his move to Juve seemingly just days away, ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge doesn’t want Can anywhere near the club’s preparations for the final.

‘I’m not sure I want Emre Can in the squad for the Champions League final on Saturday because his heart isn’t at Liverpool,” he told Liverpool Echo.

‘It’s a tricky one for the manager. Do you use his experience now he’s fit or do you turn to people whose future is at the club?

Klopp has refused to rule out Can playing a role in Kiev. (Picture: Getty Images)‘A lot of fans wouldn’t want Can on the bench. The club has had a custard pie from him and his agent.

‘He’s been part of the journey to this final but he certainly doesn’t deserve to start against Real Madrid.

‘Why does he want to leave? Money. Is the Italian league better? No. Juventus are a huge club but Liverpool have won the Champions League more times than them. I would question the advice he’s been getting but if he wants to go this summer then go.’

Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum made up Liverpool’s midfield in both legs of the semi-final victory over Roma but they could be broken up if Can proves his fitness before the weekend.

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Klopp confirmed the ex-Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen man was in contention to feature during his pre-match press conference on Monday when he was also pressed on Can’s future – but produced a flat-batted response.

‘No clue. [That’s] not important in the moment, to be honest,’ he said.

‘In this moment, he is 100 per cent here and that is the only thing I’m interested in. Anything else, I really have no idea but that’s not important to me at the moment.’

Juventus hope to confirm Emre Can signing from Liverpool after Champions League final

Emre Can looks set to leave Liverpool this summer (Picture: EPA)Juventus hope to announce the arrival of Emre Can after Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

That is according to Juventus Beppe Marotta who was speaking on the future of the Liverpool midfielder on Saturday.

Can’s contract with Liverpool expires this summer and the Reds have been frustrated in their attempts to tie him down to a new deal.

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Juventus have been in talks with Can since January and the Germany international’s move has now been virtually confirmed by Marotta.

He said:’In the past year, there is great optimism regarding Emre Can. We hope to confirm his signing after the Champions League finale.’

Liverpool and Can have been unable to come terms over his wages, with the 24-year-old reportedly demanding around £100,000 a week, almost double what Can currently earns.

Can has been struggling with a back injury (Picture: Getty)

But traveled to Marbella with the squad this week (Picture: EPA)Real await Liverpool in the Champions League final and Can is still hoping to be fit for the showdown.

Can has not played since March due to a back injury, but did fly to Marbella with the rest of the Liverpool for a warm weather training camp.

The midfielder will be assessed in Spain before a decision is made about whether he can play against Real.

Liverpool are the underdogs against Real, as the La Liga champions are going for their third Champions League title in a row.

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Juventus set to announce signing of Emre Can from Liverpool

Emre Can has failed to agree a new contract with Liverpool and will leave on a free transfer (Picture: Getty)Juventus are set to announce the signing of Emre Can from Liverpool but will wait until after the Champions League final to do so.

The Germany international, currently sidelined with an injury that will keep him out of the match against Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26, has been stalling on signing an extension with the Merseysiders and can leave on a free transfer this summer.

Reports last week claimed the Germany international had already agreed a five-year deal and Corriere dello Sport understand the deal will be confirmed 24 hours after Liverpool attempt to win their sixth European crown in Kiev.

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Jurgen Klopp had hoped to keep his compatriot at Anfield and as recently as last month claimed the two parties were still negotiating with Can hopeful of securing a salary in excess of £200,000-a-week.

He said: ‘Where the situation is at, at the moment: open.

‘That’s what we [have] said before, nothing is decided, it’s open. We are in talks with him and it’s all good so far, apart from him signing a contract for us, that’s all. ‘No problem with that.’

The loss of Can will be offset by the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, whose signing was confirmed earlier this season, but Klopp will still be concerned about his lack of central midfield options with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain unlikely to be fit for the start of the new season following a serious knee-ligament injury.

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Emre Can agrees Liverpool exit and shakes hands on five-year Juventus contract

The midfielder will move to Italy on a free transfer this summer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have lost their battle to keep contract rebel Emre Can after the midfielder agreed a five-year contract with Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

The Germany international, currently sidelined with an injury, has been stalling on signing an extension with the Merseysiders and can leave on a free transfer this summer.

Can has long been linked with a move to Juventus, who have been sounding him out since January, and now Tuttosport and Gazzetta dello Sport claim the deal is done.

Can may have played his last game for Liverpool due to a back injury (Picture: Getty)While Can still has to officially sign the paperwork, he has now reached an agreement with Juventus and shaken hands on a five-year deal.

The Old Lady have been keen to tie down Can after Paris Saint-Germain showed late interest, but the 24-year-old has his heart set on a move to Turin.

Can will link up with Germany teammate Sami Khedira in Turin (Picture: Getty)There are only a ‘a few details missing’ before Juventus can make the official announcement, which is likely to be made once the season has finished.

Juventus have made a new midfielder a priority this summer, with Claudio Marchisio and Can’s compatriot Sami Khedira both entering the twilight of their careers.

Can may already have played his last match for Liverpool due to an ongoing back problem, while the club moved to sign Naby Keita last summer and are braced for his exit.

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Emre Can provides Champions League injury boost for Liverpool

Emre Can could return before the end of Liverpool’s season. (Getty Images)Emre Can is aiming to return from injury for Liverpool’s potential Champions League final, according to reports.

The Germany international has been sidelined since March 17 due to a back injury and has missed Liverpool’s last seven fixtures.

Jurgen Klopp has now been given an additional headache in central midfield as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee ligament injury.

But according to Tuttosport, Can could return before the end of the season and feature in the Champions League final on May 26, providing Liverpool beat Roma.

Klopp’s side head into next week’s second leg in Rome off the back of a 5-2 victory at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

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Tuttosport also reports that Can has not made a decision over his future, despite long-standing interest from Bayern Munich and Juventus.

The 24-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but it is claimed that the midfielder could be persuaded by Klopp to remain at the club.

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Jurgen Klopp confirms Emre Can will not play again for Liverpool this season

The German boss has given a very worrying update on his midfielder (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that midfielder Emre Can will not play again this season due to an ongoing back injury.

The German, who is out of contract in the summer and widely expected to leave Anfield, has been out of the Liverpool starting XI since the end of March though had been expected to make a recovery.

But Klopp was increasingly coy on when his compatriot might return to the side, and has now ended any hopes of seeing him back on the pitch.

Can was unable to continue against Watford due to his current back problem (Picture: Getty)Klopp was asked a question about Liverpool’s current injury problems in an interview with Sky Sport Germany, and was then asked if Can’s season was over, to which he replied bluntly: ‘Yes.’

Can’s injury comes at the worst possible time for both himself and Liverpool, with the back problem potentially scuppering his hopes of playing at the World Cup.

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Had he been fit, Klopp would almost certainly have called on Can against Manchester City in the second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final.

Although the Merseysiders have a commanding three-goal cushion, they will be without skipper Jordan Henderson in midfield and Can would have started in his absence had he been fit.

Sami Khedira was forced to deny that he’d let slip Can was moving to Juventus (Picture: Getty)Can’s injury means his appearance against Watford at the end of last month – which he hobbled off in – might be the last time he is seen in a Liverpool shirt.

The 24-year-old is yet to agree terms on a new deal and is believed to be preparing to move to Juventus on a free transfer this summer.

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Juventus want to wrap up Emre Can transfer deal imminently, says Beppe Marotta

Juventus are favourites to sign Emre Can in the summer (Picture: Getty)Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has stressed that he wants the ‘soap opera’ surrounding Emre Can’s future to be concluded within the next ten days.

Can has made 115 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since arriving on Merseyside back in 2014 but the 24-year-old looks certain to leave the club at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Some reports suggest Can, who is out of contract at Anfield in the summer, has already reached an agreement in principle with Serie A giants Juve.

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Asked about the speculation, Juventus chief Marotta told Mediaset Premium: ‘We want the soap opera to conclude in around 10 days.

‘The player is right to evaluate all opportunities, so we’ll wait and see what he wants to do.’

Beppe Marotta has admitted that Emre Can is Juventus’ priority target (Picture: Getty)Can recently hinted hint that he could be set to join a ‘very big club’ in the summer transfer window.

‘I have the self-confidence to say that my qualities are sufficient to play in a very big club next season,’ he told Sport Bild last month.

‘I’m doing great in England. Here it is is physical and that suits me. The Spanish league is also attractive.

Emre Can has been struggling with a back injury this term (Picture: Getty)‘The same applies to Germany, where tactics are concerned, and Italy, which has recently caught up.

‘Incidentally, the same applies to France, this league has now established itself as one of the best in Europe.

‘Therefore, I do not want to exclude anything because I do not know what I will do from summer.’

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Emre Can could miss rest of Liverpool’s season and the World Cup due to back injury

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is expected to miss the games against Everton and Man City (Picture: Getty)Liverpool midfielder Emre Can may have played his last game for the club following news of a setback in his recovery from a back injury, according to reports.

The Germany international will miss the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday and is expected to be ruled out of the second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The midfielder’s involvement at this summer’s World Cup in Russia has also been thrown into doubt. Germany manager Joachim Low has a number of options in Can’s position and will not feel obliged to select the Liverpool man in his squad if he is not fully fit

The 24-year-old’s current Anfield contract expires this summer and looks likely to leave the club with Juventus and Manchester City credited with interest in signing him.

Liverpool boss Klopp will rue the central midfielder’s absence in the return leg against Man City, despite holding a commanding 3-0 lead, because captain Jordan Henderson is suspended from the game after picking up his fifth booking of the competition on Wednesday.

Klopp recently insisted that the club were in ‘open’ negotiations with Can and his representatives, but it is highly unlikely the player will put pen to paper on a new deal at this late stage in the season.

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