Liverpool ‘could’ be lining up €30m Emre Can replacement
Liverpool may be lining up the Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa as a replacement for Emre Can, according to the Mirror.
The daily tabloid paper has stated that the Reds ‘could’ be readying an alternative to the Germany international – who has under 18 months remaining on his contract.
The Mirror goes onto say that Roque Mesa has a €30m buyout clause and that Bayern Munich, Everton and Tottenham are also interested in the Spanish midfielder.
The 27-year-old is known as a tough tackler but also possesses impressive passing ability. Mesa has been tipped for an international call up to Lopetegui’s Spain squad.
Can is understood to be holding out for a £100,000 per week bumper new deal. However, the 23-year-old has refuted claims he wants a large pay rise.
“I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years at Liverpool,” Can was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“I read in newspapers it was about money but it isn’t about money. We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine,” he added.
“Everything is fine and I just wanted to say it is never about the money. It is about the future, what happens. The last few months the most important thing has been that I am pain-free and we have spoken more about that than the contract.”
Can scored his fourth goal of the season during the Reds 2-1 win over Burnley.
The Germany international has started for Jurgen Klopp’s side in their last three league games.
It remains to be seen whether the German tactician will stick with him once captain Jordan Henderson recovers from his ankle injury.
Liverpool take on Manchester City in their next Premier League fixture this weekend.