Everton remain interested in Juventus midfielder Emre Can, but the scale of their interest has been ‘widely exaggerated’.
That’s according to Tuttosport, who provide an update on the German’s potential move to Goodison Park today.
The Blues are known to be keen on adding a midfielder to their squad this month, with injuries having severely limited Carlo Ancelotti’s options in the middle.
They have been linked to several in Italy, and one of them was Juventus’ Can. Reports over the last week had suggested Everton were ready to make a big offer for the German and he was keen on the move as well.
Tuttosport refute those suggestions today, though, saying that the rumours surrounding the move have been ‘exaggerated.’
According to the newspaper, while the interest from Everton is ‘not entirely false’, the suggestion that they want him ‘at all costs’ and a ‘stellar offer’ is ready are wide of the mark.
They report that even if Juventus were to accept a real proposal of €35/40m, Can would not be ‘enthusiastic’ about the move given he played for Liverpool before his move to Turin.
Calciomercato back the suggestion that Can isn’t keen on the move, stating that the German did not want to ‘open negotiations’ with Everton or Manchester United because of his association with Liverpool.
However, they differ in Everton’s stance on the matter. While Tuttosport believe ‘everything is silent’, Calcio say the Blues are ‘entering the situation’ and preparing a bid of €35m plus bonuses.
Their hope is that it will convince Juventus into a sale, although even if it does, it seems they’ll still have work to do to change Can’s mind.