Emre Can is a wanted man as contract saga rumbles on

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As he approaches the end of his contract at Anfield, Liverpool's Emre Can is a wanted man.

The German international's current deal expires next July, and he will be able to speak to foreign clubs regarding a free transfer in the new year.

Can has built up something of a reputation for spectacular strikes during his time on Merseyside, most notably with a long-range effort against Burnley, and his overhead kick against Watford that won goal of the season.

But it seems increasingly likely that the former Bayer Leverkusen man won't be extending his stay at the Reds beyond next summer.

Can is reportedly demanding a release clause be put in any new deal, and Liverpool are understandably refusing the request for a player whose value is only going to increase.

And this means that Europe's top clubs will be able to swoop for the 23-year-old.

Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for Can, and they have now confirmed their interest in taking the German to Italy.

With Sami Khedira expected to depart, Can would give the Italian champions a more dynamic option in midfield, and would be an excellent replacement.

The club's CEO Beppe Marotta has claimed that the Bianconeri made a move for the midfielder in the summer, but says they won't be going back for him in January.

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"We don’t think we are going to make a big signing in January," he revealed in an interview with Premium Sport.

"Our team is absolutely competitive and we have some very interesting midfielders like Bentancur who has already showed his qualities.

"We have faith in this team and in these lads. As for Emre Can I don’t think Liverpool will sell him in January.

"We made an offer for him in the summer but the Reds didn’t sell him so I don’t think they’ll change their mind in the middle of the season.”

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Juventus dropped points for the first time in Serie A this season, surrendering a 2-0 lead to Atalanta to draw with the Europa League outfit, leaving Napoli top with their 100% record.

Liverpool also drew after taking the lead, with Joselu cancelling out Philippe Coutinho's strike for a share of the spoils with Newcastle.

The result leaves Liverpool seventh in the table, already seven points off the pace set by the two Manchester clubs at the top.

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