Reports are rife in Italy about Borussia Dortmund’s interest in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, but Ruhr Nachrichten say that the transfer is unlikely.
Out of favour Juventus midfielder Emre Can has long been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund. Several Italian outlets have claimed that the Black and Yellows hold a serious interest in signing the German international. Some have even said that talks are ongoing between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, and Can has already agreed to join the club.
Sky Germany also spoke about Dortmund’s interest in signing the midfielder yesterday. But other than that, there have been no serious reports about the rumour in German media.
Now local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten have finally commented on it. They say that no concrete negotiations have yet been conducted between Borussia Dortmund and Can’s entourage. They add that the midfielder is considered to be very expensive by the BVB bosses, since Juventus are seeking a fee in the range of 30 million euros.
There are also doubts in the BVB camp about whether the 26 year old would actually improve the squad decisively. Therefore, Ruhr Nachrichten say that a move for Can to Borussia Dortmund is unlikely at the moment.
Kicker say that Borussia Dortmund do hold an interest in signing Can, but the transfer is currently not financially viable for the club. The situation could change if Paco Alcacer is sold this month.
When Julian Weigl‘s departure to Benfica was confirmed, Kicker also said that Borussia Dortmund would not be signing another midfielder in the January transfer window to replace him.
Emre Can earns an annual salary of 12 million euros at Juventus, which is higher than any Borussia Dortmund player. He is under contract until 2022, and even if he decides to take a pay cut, it remains to be seen if the BVB bosses would be willing to pay Juventus’ asking price when they are already well stocked in the midfield department.