Juventus tug of war with City for Can

Liverpool are worried they will lose Emre Can to Manchester City next year – for nothing.

And that view is also held by Italian champions Juventus, who are interested in Liverpool’s Germany midfielder as well. Sources in Italy say Juve feel they will lose out to City when Can, 23, becomes a free agent in the summer. Can, who cost the Anfield club £10million from Bayer Leverkusen three years ago, is in the last year of his contract and there is no sign of a new deal being agreed. That is despite Can being regularly involved at Liverpool under a manager who is a fellow countryman – Jurgen Klopp. The Kop boss spoke on Can’s future earlier this month. He said: “It’s allowed that he could sign a contract with us in May. I have no problem with that. “We have to respect when a contract ends. If a contract ends there are two sides who could have done things differently.” And should Can’s time on Merseyside come to an end at the end of the season, Juventus believe the lure of working with City boss Pep Guardiola will be too much for Can to resist. He is being touted as an ideal replacement in the City squad for Yaya Toure, 34, who we revealed last month could leave for City’s sister club in the MLS, New York City FC. What is clear is that Can – who was a substitute for Germany against England on Friday night – should know all about life with Pep’s exciting City side. One of his closest friends is City winger – and his international team-mate – Leroy Sane.

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