Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has asked the club to double his wages before he will sign a new contract.
That’s according to The Mirror, who are reporting that the German international is demanding that his current £35,000 a week pay is put up to £70,000.
The club are said to have offered him an extension to the deal that expires at the end of next season back in January, but Can has so far refused to put pen to paper.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to keep Can and hopes to see the former Bayer Leverkusen man agree to the offer on the table – and that’s despite the twenty-third year old having a mixed season so far.
But he could have his hands tied if Can refuses to sign a new deal with next season the last one on the contract he signed when he arrived at Anfield back in 2014.
Can has seen new deals, with pay rises, handed to team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana recently and feels that he should also be given increased terms.
But the club do not see Can in the same light and feel he is more of a work in progress and that his contract should reflect that.
The situation is being closely monitored by Italian champions Juventus and a host of Bundesliga clubs, with all set to make offers in the Summer if the stalemate continues.