Man United interested in signing Liverpool star for free

Date published: Friday 6th October 2017 1:00

There is some concern at Liverpool that Emre Can has still not signed his new contract. That concern may be about to grow.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Manchester United could made a move for Can on a free transfer next summer as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.

The paper believe that Jose Mourinho has identified Can as the ideal target to replace Carrick. Poor Nemanja Matic.

The reason for Italian interest in the story is that Juventus had been considered as the most likely suitors for Can, whose contract expires next summer.

Juventus do obviously have the advantage of being able to agree a deal with the German in January, as they are a non-domestic club.

No player has moved between Manchester United and Liverpool since Phil Chisnall in 1984, and no player has moved directly from Liverpool to Manchester United since Allenby Chilton in 1938. Could Can be the first for exactly 80 years?

The reason for the contract stand-off between Can and Liverpool is that the German would like a release clause in his contract, but Liverpool risk losing him for nothing if he digs his heels in.

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