Former Manchester United scout wanted Jose Mourinho to sign Emre Can and Leon Goretzka

Emre Can was targeted by former Manchester United scout Javier Ribalta (Getty Images)Former Manchester United scout Javier Ribalta has revealed he wanted Jose Mourinho to sign Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool.

Ribalta was appointed as United’s head of scouting last summer but he spent just one year at Old Trafford and joined Zenit in July.

Can, meanwhile, moved to Juventus on a free transfer this summer after his contract with Liverpool expired.

And Ribalta was keen for Mourinho to sign the midfielder alongside fellow Germany international Leon Goretzka.

Ribalta also wanted Leon Goretzka at Old Trafford. (Getty Images)Goretzka was also available on a free transfer this summer after he decided to leave Schalke and opted to sign for Bayern Munich.

‘For my time in Manchester, I was only there for a year but I’d have liked to sign Emre Can and Leon Goretzka on free transfers,’ Ribalta told Tuttosport.

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Liverpool target Grzegorz Krychowiak to replace Emre Can

Grzegorz Krychowiak is a target for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified Paris Saint-Germain star Grzegorz Krychowiak as a replacement for Emre Can.

The Germany international joined Juventus in July after failing to agree a new deal to stay at Anfield.

Liverpool were unsure whether Can would leave up until the week of his announcement and hadn’t made concrete plans to replace the midfielder.

Krychowiak spent last season on loan at West Brom after falling out with Unai Emery during his time in Paris.

Krychowiak is available (Picture: Getty)The Polish international is unwilling to return to Paris to sit on the bench and the Ligue 1 giants would rather cash in on the 28-year-old.

Liverpool have already signed Naby Kieta and Fabinho to bolster their midfield but Krychowiak would be an affordable addition and would replace Can.

According to the Sun, Klopp has identified the Poland star and is considering making a move with less than a month left in the transfer window.

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Emre Can reveals real reason for leaving Liverpool for Juventus

Can will line-up for Juve next season. (Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images)Emre Can says the opportunity to contest for silverware on a regular basis at Juventus was too good an opportunity to turn down after leaving Liverpool.

The Germany international has moved to the Old Lady on a four-year deal after coming to the end of his contract at Anfield.

During four seasons on Merseyside he made 167 appearances but endured a drab final campaign with the Reds, missing the last two months of the Premier League season with a back problem.

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He returned for his Liverpool swansong in the Champions League final but was unable to prevent a 3-1 Real Madrid win in Kiev.

And it has now emerged that the primary reason behind the 24-year-old moving to Serie A was the chance to regularly challenge for major honours

‘I had a lot of offers from very good teams,’ Can, who ever won a trophy during his Liverpool career, told the Liverpool Echo.

‘I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.

Can has denied falling out with Klopp during the twilight of his Liverpool career. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)‘I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too.

‘My first manager when I started to play football was a huge Juventus fan. When I was six or seven he told me that one day I’d play for Juventus. Now I am here and it’s a cool story.

‘The club had good contact with my agent for many years. I just know how huge the club is and the mentality of the club – they want to win titles. That’s my mentality too. I came here to win titles.

‘I think the first target has to be to win Serie A and then comes the Champions League. That has to be our aim. I am here to help the team.’

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Can is expected to be joined by Cristiano Ronaldo at the Juventus Stadium, with Real ready to sanction his £88m departure from the Bernabeu.

Reports amid the German’s exit from Liverpool suggested he had fallen out with manager Jurgen Klopp but the midfielder has quashed such suggestions.

‘I had problems with Klopp? No, I had no problems with Klopp. I had a very good relationship with him,’ he added.

‘At the end he wished me all the best here. I never had problems with Klopp.’

Emre Can left Liverpool because of disagreement with Jurgen Klopp over his position in midfield

Emre Can is in Italy completing a move to Juventus (Picture: AP)Emre Can reportedly did not leave Liverpool because of a wage dispute, but because the midfielder disagreed with Jurgen Klopp about his best position in the side.

Juventus are set to sign Can on a free transfer, with the German touching down in Turin on Thursday to have his medical.

Pictures of Can arriving at Juventus will be a bitter blow to many Liverpool fans who were hoping their club could convince the 24-year-old to reject the Serie A giants.

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Can ran down his contract, turning down multiple offers from Liverpool, but his exit was not because the Reds would not meet his wage demands.

The Mirror claim Can decided to leave because of a ‘developing professional issue’ between the player and his manager.

Klopp wanted Can to stay, but is not distraught to see him go after a season of disagreement between the pair and the club were comfortable allowing the star to walk without a fight.

The midfielder ran down his contract at Liverpool (Picture: AP)

Liverpool fans are disappointed to see him go (Picture: AP)There is no personal issue between Klopp and Can, but they could not agree on what position he was best suited to.

Can wanted to play as a midfield anchor and believed he should compete with captain Jordan Henderson for that position.

But, Klopp preferred to deploy Can further forward as a No.8, which would put the midfielder in direct competition with Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Jurgen Klopp wanted Can to play further forward (Picture: Getty)

Can wanted to sit at the base of the midfield (Picture: Getty)Can craved a No.6 role and has departed Liverpool convinced Juventus will agree to play him in his preferred position.

Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur will be Can’s biggest competition at the club as the pair battle to partner Miralem Pjanic.

Liverpool have already replaced Can with the signing of Fabinho from Monaco in a £43.6million deal.

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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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