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Report: Borussia Dortmund to offer €18M for Emre Can, but Juventus want more

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Could one half of Juventus’ German contingent make a return to the Bundesliga?

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Even with injuries and suspensions throughout the Juventus midfield over the last month or two, Emre Can’s playing time hasn’t changed all that much at all. That means, basically, that he’s still at the bottom of the depth chart, watching the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur flourish over the last couple of months as he’s continued to sit on the bench.

Because of it, the likelihood of Can leaving the club has remained high.

And because of that, rumors have continued to swirl about where Can could end up.

The latest twist in Emre Can’s tale from the 2019-20 season involves the 26-year-old German making a potential return to the Bundesliga. It’s not one of his former clubs like Bayern Munich that he’s been linked to, rather Borussia Dortmund preparing an €18 million bid, according to Nico Schira of La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

There is one problem with this: Juventus want more than €18 million, says Schira.

On top of Juventus reportedly feeling like €18 million isn’t enough for a player they signed on a free transfer — although it wasn’t truly a free transfer when you factor in all of the accompanying fees that went into the deal — two summers ago, there’s a report out of Germany saying Dortmund aren’t exactly optimistic about signing Can. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, there hasn’t been any kind of concrete negotiations between Dortmund and Juventus for Can, who has been very vocal about not leaving the club this past summer and being left out of the Champions League group stage squad throughout the season.

Dortmund, despite the report of them being ready to table an €18 million bid for Can, might feel like he’s being priced out of what they’re willing to spend.

In previous reports regarding Can’s future, it has been said that Juventus would likely seek something in the €25 million to €30 million range for the German midfielder.