Thursday November 30 2017
Bierhoff: ’60 per cent for Can to Juventus’

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff believes there’s a “60-80 per cent” chance of Liverpool’s Emre Can joining Juventus in the summer.

The midfielder is out of contract at Anfield on June 30, and is free to negotiate with other clubs from January.

The Bianconeri have been heavily linked with a move for him, as well as Leon Goretzka, and the former Milan, Ascoli and Chievo striker believes one of those transfers is likely to happen.

“We’re talking about two important players,” Bierhoff said.

“They’ll have so many options for the future, they’ll be personal choices. At the moment England is the top for a player, and after that there’s the lure of the powerful Spanish clubs.

“Emre Can and Goretzka would definitely be successful in Serie A too. Unless Inter return to the top though, if one of these players were to choose Italy now it would only be for Juventus.

“There’s not much chance for Goretzka, maybe only 20 per cent. I think there’s a lot more for Emre Can, I’d say 60-80 per cent.”

Bierhoff also discussed Juve defender Benedikt Howedes, revealing that he recommended Serie A to the German international.

“Yes, we talked about it. I told Benedikt that in my view, given his situation at Schalke 04, Juve would be ideal for him - it’s a strong and winning team.

“Where there’s organisation he excels. Benedikt is a great person, he’s a passionate player, he gives his soul for his teammates, he never leaves you by yourself.

“Another quality is his intelligence. In the 2014 World Cup, with players like [Jerome] Boateng and [Mats] Hummels he knew it would be difficult to play in the middle.

“So he agreed to sacrifice himself for the team by playing on the left, and at the same time seized his chance to be a protagonist at the World Cup.

“He’s physically strong, good in the air, good on the ball. Benedikt doesn’t have an attribute where he’s the best, but he’s excellent in every point of view.

“In certain ways he reminds me of [Alessandro] Nesta, but don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s his heir. Nesta was more technical.

“Will he get back into the national team? I’m not the Coach, but I think so.”