Reports: Real Madrid edge closer to completing surprise move for Liverpool star
What's the story?
Real Madrid had a relatively quiet summer transfer window by their standards, but it looks like they are ready to spend some big money in the January window. The defending European champions are desperate to add some options to their midfield and now latest reports from Corriere dello Sport (via The Mirror) claim that Los Blancos are entering the race to sign Liverpool star Emre Can.
Emre Can's contract is set to run out in 2018 and with the German superstar capable of signing a pre-contract in January, Madrid are keen on securing the 23-year-old German's services.
Juventus have long been favourites to land Emre Can, but with Madrid now entering the race, Can might well be plying his trade in LaLiga next season.
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Having moved to Liverpool in 2014, Can has quickly become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's side. A versatile player capable of playing in multiple positions across the pitch, Can has shown glimpses of his vast potential this season.
However, with Liverpool having signed Naby Keita and Can refusing to sign a new contract, the Merseyside giants might be ready to agree a cut-price deal for their German star and minimise their losses in the transfer market.
The heart of the matter
While the first choice midfield trio of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro have been excellent, the likes of Dani Ceballos and Mateo Kovacic have struggled to replicate their high standards when given a chance.
With Modric on the wrong side of 30 and new signing Ceballos struggling, the addition of Can might provide Zidane with something different and give Real Madrid an extra dimension in their midfield play.
Another advantage in signing the German is his versatility and Can will certainly provide Zidane with plenty of options.
Can, when in form, can prove to be quite an interesting addition to any team in the world.
With no sign of Can signing a new contract, Liverpool might as well let go off the German superstar in January instead of losing him on a free transfer. Madrid and Juventus are currently the favourites to sign him and it will be interesting to see where the 23-year-old's future lies.