Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has suggested Emre Can‘s expected move from Liverpool to Turin will be confirmed after the Champions League final.
The Reds take on Real Madrid in Kiev next Saturday as they push for the sixth European Cup in their storied history, and their first silverware since 2012.
Can has been sidelined since mid-March with a back injury that has seen him left out of the Germany squad for the World Cup and miss the past 11 games for his current club.
Speculation that his absence was linked to ongoing rumours of a switch to Juventus was quashed when Can joined Jurgen Klopp‘s squad for this week’s training camp in Marbella.
But he is still likely to depart on the expiry of his deal at the end of June, with Goal‘s Neil Jones reporting that he is set to sign a five-year contract worth around £85,000 a week plus bonuses with Juventus.
And crucially, Jones adds that Can’s move is likely to be confirmed after Liverpool’s decisive clash with Real on May 26, presumably to avoid any unwanted distractions.
Speaking to Mediaset Premium ahead of Juventus’ meeting with Verona, Marotta intimated that this was the case.
“In the past year, there is great optimism regarding Emre Can,” he said. “We hope to confirm his signing after the Champions League final.”
Can could still play a part in Kiev in a week’s time, but his involvement would likely be minor given the length of his layoff and a lack of preparation.
Speaking during the Reds’ spell in Spain, Klopp explained how “there’s still a little bit of work to do” in terms of his recovery, but added that “having him in the group is always good.”