With the screeching halt to Juventus’ rumored swap deal with Paris Saint-Germain involving Mattia De Sciglio and Layvin Kurzawa, much of the Bianconeri’s January business appears to be those players who will be leaving, not some sudden last-minute addition to the roster.
The main name is clear: midfielder Emre Can.
The thing is, though, Can’s still in Turin as we get closer and closer to deadline day at the end of the month of January.
There’s a good reason for it, if a report from Tuttosport on Wednesday morning is to be believed: Juventus want €30 million from the team that ends up signing the German international, most notably Borussia Dortmund. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as the rumor mill ever since Borussia Dortmund became the No. 1 option for Can earlier in the month since Juventus reportedly turned down an €18 million offer for the German midfielder as they sought to obtain more from his sale.
Reports in Germany at the beginning of the week made it sound like a deal was imminent much in the same kind of fashion as we thought the De Sciglio-Kursawa swap deal was pretty much closed and just waiting on the final details. According to Bild, the price is the same price that Tuttosport has thrown out there to sign Can — €30 million.
Problem is, that was two days ago.
And when you’re up against the transfer deadline haggling over potential transfer fees could result in a deal getting done or not happening before the calendar flips to February.
Based on what we know about how Can’s season has gone and what he said during the first couple of months of the 2019-20 campaign, he clearly wants a fresh start and clearly has a suitor in Borussia Dortmund. He is at the bottom of Juventus’ midfield depth chart, with Federico Bernardeschi being preferred to Can as a central midfielder in recent weeks in both the Coppa Italia and most recently in this past weekend’s loss to Napoli. If that ain’t a sign that you’re at the bottom of the bottom depth-wise, I don’t know what is.
It’s time for Juventus and Can to go their separate ways based on how the last few months have gone. It just so happens that Juve’s negotiations with Dortmund will or won’t result in Can getting to pose with a new jersey and changing his social media bio information in the next couple of days.