At this point in time, it’s a race against when it comes to Emre Can leaving Juventus before the January transfer window comes to a close.
As much as you hear signs that a deal might be taking place, there’s still the fact that there’s less than 48 hours to go before the transfer deadline arrives and no deal has actually been agreed upon for a player who clearly wants to go to a different club before February arrives.
According to a report from Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are still working on trying to complete a deal for Can. The positive part of the report involves Can, who has voiced his displeasure with his current situation at Juventus on plenty of occasions — especially on international duty — over the last four or five months, has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Dortmund. And that is interesting — and rather important — seeing as Can currently makes €5 million per season, one of Juventus’ highest-paid players behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Matthijs de Ligt.
La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting on Thursday morning that Can has been “promised” to Borussia Dortmund and that his move back to Germany would first be on loan with an obligation to buy the 26-year-old midfielder over the summer.
First, though, here is what we got from Di Marzio on Wednesday night:
In the coming hours Borussia Dortmund is expected to make a new offer to Juve, after agreeing to a contract with the player himself (who already has high wages with the bianconeri). The proposal is expected to be in the neighborhood of 30 million with bonuses, and it remains to be seen if the bianconeri will reinvest this money in the last two days of the window or if they really consider the market to be closed.
We have been told by media outlets in both Germany and Italy that Juventus wants €30 million for Can, who joined on a “free” transfer two summers ago from Liverpool. But now that we have the added element that this could very well be a deal that involves a loan with an obligation to buy, it is going to be interesting to see just how close to that €30 million figure it actually gets if that’s the path Juventus and Dortmund choose to take.
All of this, though, just seems like a wait-and-see kind of situation from those of us on the outside looking in. As important as agreeing to personal terms is — especially for a player like Can who makes a whole lot of money to begin with — the framework of the deal as well as the overall price seems to be something that still needs to be agreed upon. There hasn’t been the “closing in on a deal” kind of reports ... and since it’s Jan. 30 that’s not exactly a positive thing.
Both clubs obviously want to get a deal done. It’s just a matter of finding something that will accommodate the both of them financially.