Juventus to pursue Emre Can while Manchester City ready to top £50m for Benjamin Mendy

Sport360 staff 14:58 21/07/2017
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Wanted man: Emre Can. Picture: Getty Images.

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EMRE CAN

Serie A powerhouse and Champions League runners-up Juventus are looking to bolster their midfield by landing Liverpool’s Emre Can, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Dimarzio.

Liverpool, however, have been attempting to lock down Can with a new deal as his contract expires after the coming season.

RATING: 3/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:

Jurgen Klopp has plenty of incentive to hold on to the German, even though his midfield options run relatively deep. Can brings a unique skillset to the Reds and the club are working to retain him on a long-term deal, which could be prioritised if Naby Keita eludes them.

At Juventus, Can could earn more playing time and eventually take over as the replacement for countryman Sami Khedira – an appealing proposition.

BENJAMIN MENDY

Manchester City likely won’t be deterred by Monaco rejecting their £44.5 million offer for the 23-year-old, with City set to make him the most expensive defender ever, according to L’Equipe .

Despite already splashing cash to reel in Kyle Walker for £50m, City could go beyond that to secure Mendy.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are keeping an eye on negotiations and have asked the Ligue 1 champions to keep them informed, according to The Telegraph.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:

After seeing what it took to land Walker, Monaco are rightly standing firm on negotiations to get a similar price for Mendy, if not more. Manchester City appear too invested to back out now.

RIYAD MAHREZ

Tottenham are monitoring the situation with the 26-year-old attacker, but have so far been unwilling to meet Leicester’s demand of around £50m, according to the Evening Standard.

Mahrez wants out, but Leicester appear to be playing hardball with suitors with their current valuation.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:

With Mahrez having requested a move, Leicester have little to no leverage. Yet they’re doing their best to create a position of strength and if that means asking more than Mahrez may be worth, drawing a line in the stand – albeit a tentative one – may just get suitors to reach into their pockets.

Sly Fox: Riyad Mahrez. Picture: Getty Images.

Sly Fox: Riyad Mahrez. Picture: Getty Images.

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