Liverpool’s unsettled midfielder, Emre Can has reportedly declined a move to Real Madrid. The German has long been on a standoff with the Premier League outfit over a possibility of a contract extension. With the end of the 2017/18 campaign fast approaching, it is unlikely that the two parties will strike a deal anytime soon.
This leaves major European sides with an open passage to the midfielder’s signature. Can is being sought by a number of clubs, some from England itself.
He certainly deserves all the high praises and the long-drawn interests. Jurgen Klopp has featured him in one of the more important anchor roles in the first-team squad and the 24-year-old has done relatively well.
He has a versatile presence on the pitch with a tendency to be more involved in the team’s attack. His technical abilities paired with his athletic 6 feet stature allows him to command the midfield.
It was unfortunate to see him go down to a season-ending injury just weeks ahead of Liverpool’s highly promising European campaign. He will be a massive loss at Anfield as some of the local clubs are peeking over the walls.
Here are a few clubs who would definitely benefit from his arrival.
The Gunners are due to undergo a massive transitional period as Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign is coming to an end. Arsenal certainly could do with a few signings in the summer window.
A defensive head remains high on their agenda since the departure of Francis Coquelin in January. The midfield could do with more solidity. Granit Xhaka has been inadequate in his required duties and Mohamed Elneny remains more of a sporadic option. Can could partner up with either Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere in the central roles to drive the team’s attacking style of play.
Jose Mourinho has been on the lookout for midfield options and has been linked with a number of big names from European outfits. The Red Devils are looking to make an improved run for the League title next season and to topple their next-door rivals.
While the Portuguese tactician has been able to manage the second spot in the league this campaign, he is still miles behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Instead of splurging astronomical amounts on players with long-term contracts, Mourinho will be able to get his hands on a young German international who is just on the brink of hitting his career prime.
The Blues have evidently struck out with their £40m summer signing, Tiémoué Bakayoko. The former AS Monaco man has been shockingly poor in his debut season despite enjoying regular playing time.
Danny Drinkwater has been concerned with his fitness and is not considered for selection ahead of Cesc Fabregas. Even if neither of the two quit Stamford Bridge this summer, Chelsea should definitely make an official approach for the German to bring in a perfect partner for N’Golo Kante in the middle of the pitch.