Everton lining up £30 million January bid for former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can

Emre Can

Emre Can chose to swap Liverpool for Juventus back in 2018 but it's safe to say that things aren't going too well for him at the moment.

He featured 37 times last term as Juve won Serie A and the Italian Super Cup, however he's only played eight games so far this campaign under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Can has found himself extremely low down in the midfield pecking order, behind Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Rodrigo Bentancur and Sami Khedira.

What's more, the German international will know that he needs regular football to increase his chances of being included in his country's squad for Euro 2020 this summer.

New Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of the midfielder and the Toffees are interested in completing an audacious deal to bring him back to Merseyside.

Everton line up bid for ex-Liverpool man Can

The Mirror have reported that Everton are lining up a £30 million bid to sign Can, who scored 14 goals in 166 matches across four seasons as a Liverpool player.

Can celebrates a goal for Liverpool at Huddersfield

The report states that Juventus, two points clear at the top of Serie A, have told the 26-year-old he is "surplus to requirements" at the club.

Ancelotti is keen to bring Can to Goodison Park and the 60-year-old wanted to sign him in the summer when he was in charge of Napoli, with the transfer fee proving to be a stumbling block.

Everton faced competition from Inter Milan, who have also been linked with Christian Eriksen, but Juve's title rivals don't want to meet the asking price or pay Can's £100,000-a-week wages.

Should Juventus sell him in the current January window, the Italian champions want a sizeable profit on the £13 million they spent to acquire him from Anfield.

Can in action for Juve during the 2019 ICC

Ancelotti is yet to make his stamp on the squad he inherited from Marco Silva last month and his central midfield options have been fairly limited due to Andre Gomes' horrific injury in November.

Would Can really sign for Everton?

Can has indicated that he wouldn't join Manchester United out of respect for Liverpool, however it remains to been seen whether or not the same mentality applies to Everton.

The German was a solid performer for Liverpool but his final months at the club were pretty tough as he refused to sign a new contract to stay with Jurgen Klopp's side.

From Juan Mata to Man Utd or Olivier Giroud joining Chelsea, history shows that big transfers can happen as players desperately search for game time ahead of international tournaments.

Liverpool's success since Can departure

Liverpool reinforced their midfield in the same summer that Can left with the signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, who's established himself as one of the best midfield anchors around.

The Reds have gone on to win the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and are well on course to end their 30-year wait for a league title this season.

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