Manchester United are planning to make a shock move for Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, who is yet to sign a contract extension with the Merseyside Giants.
The German midfielder only has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at Anfield. He is free to negotiate a free transfer from January 2018 with any other club, or he could leave in a cut-price deal during the January 2018 transfer window.
Can is currently in a stand off with Liverpool over contract negotiations to extend his current deal with the club. The German international wants a release clause added to his new contract which Liverpool are refusing to add into the contract.
The powerful midfielder was subject to strong interest from Juventus over the summer, but it now seems Man Utd will enter the race for his signature as Jose Mourinho looks for options to bolster his midfield.
Jose Mourinho apparently sees Can as the ideal long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, who is expected to retire at the end of the season.
The fierce rivalry between Liverpool and Man Utd means a January switch would be almost impossible.
So if Can wanted to make the controversial move to Old Trafford, then it would have to be as a free agent at the end of the season.
Can joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 for £10m. He is a product of the Bayern Munich youth system and he has become a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield since the German manager arrived two years ago.
Liverpool still hope to retain Can beyond his contract, and with United’s interest now going public they may give into Can’s demands and add a release clause into his new contract.