Juventus will reportedly put their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on hold until January after they agreed a deal for Blaise Matuidi.
According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Tom Coast of Sport Witness), the Italian champions will resist making an offer for the German until midway through the season. It’s added that, with less than one year to run on his deal, Juve would potentially be able to agree a pre-contract with Can.
Juventus confirmed on their official website on Friday that they had snapped up the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder on a three-year deal. It’s a move that means they are well stocked in the middle of the pitch.
But Can is said to remain a target. That despite manager Massimiliano Allegri now having Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira battling for starting spots in the team.
Speaking about Can’s contract situation, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted there were some complications. “The situation is not perfect; I would prefer that he has already signed, but I am still positive we can find the right solution for both sides,” he said, per James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo.
As noted by our own Karl Matchett, already this season the €33m-rated Germany international has shown how important he is to the team:
A huge responsibility on Emre Can to be able to link middle to final thirds today. Most inventive Red out there. Too much direct so far.
— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) August 12, 2017
Of Liverpool’s options in midfield, Can is the most multifaceted. On the ball he is composed, out of possession he is combative, and he can also chip in with the occasional key goal. At 23, his best is arguably still to come, and Liverpool supporters will hope to see him flourish for a while yet at Anfield.
But Juve are a tempting proposition, and should it get to a point in 2018 where they are allowed to discuss a contract with Can, the reigning Serie A champions would be able to make a fascinating pitch.