Juventus sign Emre Can from Liverpool


Juventus’ pursuit of Emre Can, which has been going on basically since last Autumn, has finally come to an end as the midfielder has penned a four-year contract on Thursday, the club announced. There is reportedly a €50M release clause that works only for foreign teams and starts from the third season in there. The Bianconeri technically signed him on a free transfer since his deal with Liverpool had expired, but they stated they will incur in €16M additional costs, meaning the agents’ fee.

A product of Bayern Munich’s youth system, Can made a name for himself at Bayer Leverkusen, before transferring to the Reds in 2014. In his four seasons at Anfield, he collected 167 appearances and scored 14 times.

He is coming off a pretty severe back injury, which forced him to sit out in April and May and contributed to his exclusion from the Germany’s World Cup roster, even though he did play a little in the Kiev final. He has 20 international caps.

The 24-year-old joins a pretty crowded midfield, which is still intact compared to the past year and therefore he will compete for minutes primarily with Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi to flank the cornerstone Miralem Pjanic. Massimiliano Allegri rotates the squad a lot and this new addition gives him a player who is also well-suited for a two-man department. Can has also spent time as centre-back and right back in his career.

Juventus once again dabbled in the free agent market, which in the past brought them key contributors such as Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Sami Khedira, Dani Alves and Fernando Llorente, or players they have been able to re-sell later like Norberto Neto and Kingsley Coman.

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