Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have completed the loan signing of midfielder Emre Can from Juventus with an option to buy at the end of the season for 25m euros (£21m).
The German international’s contract with Juventus expires in June 2022. He did enjoy a good debut season with the Italian side, featuring in 37 games in all competitions, winning Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana in the process.
He has, however, fallen down the pecking order at the Allianz Stadium and has not played a game for the Bianconeri this season. New Juve manager Maurizio Sarri made it known to the player at the beginning of the season that he wasn’t in his plans. The former Liverpool player afterward demanded a meeting with the Juve hierarchy in an attempt to resolve his future.
Sarri then left his name off the Champions League list for the first half of the season, which Can voiced out his opinion back in September that he was shocked and angry over the omission. The midfielder will now get the opportunity to play in Europe with Dortmund, with the Bundesliga outfit set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.
Juventus signed the 26-year-old from Liverpool for £13m in the summer of 2018 after he refused to sign a new contract to remain on Merseyside. Can spent four years at Anfield and was a key member of the Reds team that finished second in the Premier League in 2014.
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Dortmund have now confirmed the deal in a statement on their website: “Borussia Dortmund has signed German international Emre Can from Italian champions Juventus Turin with immediate effect.
“The 26-year-old will be loaned until the end of the season. If agreed parameters are met, the loan is then transferred to a fixed transfer.”
“He can be used across multiple systems in defence as well as in central midfield,” said Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc.
Also speaking about joining Dortmund, Can said: “I think the team has great potential and can win something. I am convinced that I can help them and can’t wait to play in front of these fans for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world for the first time.”
Dortmund are currently fourth in the table, four points behind leaders RB Leipzig after finishing second behind Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich last season.
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