In the latest Juventus news, club general manager Giuseppe Marotta has admitted he does not know if Emre Can will join the club.
Can has been admired by the Serie A leaders for a long time now and is out of contract at Liverpool in the summer.
He joined the Reds in 2014 when Brendan Rodgers paid £10million to take him from Bayer Leverkusen, after activating his release clause.
The German international has gradually become more of an important player at Anfield in recent seasons, with compatriot Jurgen Klopp giving him a role at the base of Liverpool’s midfield.
Despite this, talks over a new deal have reached an impasse over conditions of the contract.
This has alerted many clubs with Juventus reportedly the favourites to sign the player on a free transfer in the summer, with Can now being a 24-year-old.
However, Marotta admits there is uncertainty over whether the deal will happen and that time is running out.
“We are periodically pointed to as a club that buys players. We have a squad suited to three tournaments and it meets our needs,” Marotta said to Mediaset Premium.
“We’re ready to take any opportunities; I won’t deny we are concentrated on Emre Can and awaiting his response. That is our primary objective.
“If there is a negative response, we’ll move our attention on to other players.”
The midfielder, who is also of Turkish descent, could be being earmarked as a long-term replacement for fellow German Sami Khedira, who is now into his thirties.
Liverpool would be reluctant to let him go, but it appears Can has made his mind up that he wants to leave the club, even if they finish in the top four at the end of the season.
He was replaced early on by James Milner in the 5-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday after picking up a back injury.