OFFICIAL: Liverpool Superstar Joins European Giants

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates.

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Emre Can has joined Serie A champions Juventus on free transfer.

Emre Can has been linked with a move to Juventus since the start of the year. The 24-year-old had his medical on Thursday morning, signing a four-year deal with the club.

Juventus posted this statement on their website: “Juventus Football Club announces that Emre Can has signed with the Bianconeri to officially join the club on July 1 2018 on a four-year deal.”

The club also announced that the German international will receive a £14 million signing-on fee to be paid in the next two years. He will also bag a salary of £4 million-per-season.

Born to Turkish parents, he started his career in the city of Frankfurt. Can caught the eyes of Bayern Munich and joined their academy in 2009. After spending two years with their youth team, he signed his first professional contract with the Bavarians.

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Chances were hard to come by, as Can made only 7 appearances for the Bayern first team. Eventually, he left for Bayer Leverkusen, where he got his big break. He scored 4 goals in 39 appearances for Bayer in his first season.

It was his only season at the club, as Liverpool added him to their ranks in the subsequent summer. The midfielder made 166 appearances for the Reds, playing a key role under Jurgen Klopp.

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Emre Can was in talks with Liverpool over a new contract, but the Reds weren’t ready to meet his wages demand, and chose to let him go for free this summer.

Klopp had already prepared for his departure by signing Naby Keita last summer, with the player set to make the switch this summer. The Merseysiders also completed a move for Monaco’s Fabinho at the start of this month.

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