Emre Can is once again on the lookout for a new club, as Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has reportedly told the midfielder that he is surplus to requirements at Turin. Can was brought in on a free transfer from Liverpool only in the previous summer. However, a vast summer outlay by Sarri has deemed the midfielder surplus to the squad. The 25-year-old is expected to seek a move away from the Allianz Stadium.
The German international did not have a huge say in Juventus’ 2018-19 campaign. The midfielder only featured in 37 games across all competitions and he scored four goals in these games.
The arrival of Aaron Ramsey is a key part behind Can moving down the pecking order. There are seven midfielders in the Juventus ranks and Adrien Rabiot’s arrival did not help matters either. It is clear that Juventus were working on strengthening the midfield before deciding to part company with Can. The transfer window closes on September 2 for clubs in Europe and it is expected that Can will engineer a move.
Maurizio Sarri has always been a manager who prefers to use a limited number of players. He has also not shied away from putting experienced players out of first-team action for extended periods. Daniel Drinkwater and Gary Cahill are excellent examples of established first-team players who are simply unable to get even a few minutes of game time at Chelsea last season. It would not be surprising if Can was subjected to the same problem.
Juventus should not have any trouble in finding a new home for the midfielder, as Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich have shown interest. However, the interest from the German club has been waning in the last few days after they decided to bring in Philippe Coutinho on a loan deal from Barcelona. Even though these two players occupy different positions in the pitch, the signing has made a severe dent in Bayern’s finances and to the possibility of being able to afford Emre Can.
Apart from Coutinho, Ivan Perisic and Mickael Cuisance have made the switch to the Allianz Arena this summer. As a result, Bayern may have just about completed their summer acquisitions in order to replace players like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez, Rafinha, and Mats Hummels.
Even when Emre Can made the switch to Juventus, he was quite firm about his wage demands. The midfielder will demand in excess of £200,000 per week. Even though a return to Germany would have been immensely helpful to his domestic and international career, Can now has to look into other options. Paris St Germain can be a great destination for the player considering that the club is still working hard to win the Champions League.
A major advantage with Emre Can is his versatility. Even though his best position is undoubtedly in the centre of the park, he can also play as a defender. There is still time for Can to get himself a permanent place and build towards securing his place in the German international team ahead of the Euro 2020.