Emre Can confirms Man Utd transfer offer and why he rejected it

Former Liverpool star Emre Can has confirmed he had an offer on the table from Manchester United in January.

The German utility man left Juventus for Borussia Dortmund in the winter window but says three Premier League clubs including the Red Devils came calling.

He claims the move was ruled out due to his history with arch rivals Liverpool, where he played over 100 Premier League games between 2014 and 2018.

Opening up on his transfer saga, Can says a move to Borussia Dortmund was always an appealing prospect – and a move to Old Trafford was never in consideration.

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Can told Kicker :  "I have always had an extreme sympathy for BVB. I wanted to go to a club for which I can be important where I am needed.

"That’s the case in Dortmund. Borussia suits me well – and vice versa.

"I had three Premier League deals alone, including one from Manchester United, but I didn't think about that for a second because of my Liverpool past."

Can has made an instant impact at Dortmund, starting their last five games including four straight wins.

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The arrivals of Can and Erling Haaland in January have boosted their Bundesliga bid.

After beating Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 at the weekend, experienced defender Mats Hummels told Sky: "Now we have the right balance of artists and workers or people who can do both."

Can left Liverpool on a free transfer for Juventus, with reports recently claiming negotiations with the Reds fell apart due to a clause he demanded in his contract.

It has been claimed he wanted a release clause in his deal but Liverpool stood strong and allowed him to depart, not being devastated to lose him despite his potential.

After Can joined his former club, Jurgen Klopp told Bild: "I am happy for BVB and Emre Can. It's a win-win situation. Emre is just a perfect match for this club.

"BVB got a top lad, a wonderful, versatile footballer with an outstanding attitude.

"I trust them to achieve a lot in the Ruckrunde (second half of the season) with Can and [Erling] Haaland."

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