Manchester United and Chelsea are on alert as reports claim Emre Can has demanded a release clause be put in his new Liverpool contract.
The Times says Can’s talks with the Anfield side have stalled over the order because club chiefs are reluctant to agree to the request.
Can’s discussions have been ongoing for more than a year and the midfielder is now in the final 12 months on his contract.
Liverpool themselves exploited a £9.75million release clause when signing Can from Bayer Leverkusen three years ago.
The report says Anfield bosses were aware of the player’s agents, International Soccer Management, likely seeking another one in the future.
Jurgen Klopp has called Can’s predicament “not too cool” but has been boosted in his hopes the player will stay due to his form so far this campaign.
Such faith will be tested in January with United and Chelsea making their interest known in Can.
Some reports have gone so far as to claim Can will sign a pre-contract with Juventus in January.
Liverpool rejected a £23m move for him from the Serie A side on deadline day.
But Juve boss Max Allegri confirmed they will go in again for his services in the new year.