Juventus have instructed German midfielder Sami Khedira to step up the club’s charm offensive for Liverpool contract rebel Emre Can during the international break.

The Turin giants have made Can a priority signing and the 23-year-old is available on a free next summer when his Anfield contract expires.

Sources in Italy say that Juve are now hoping to use the friendship between Khedira and Can to stake their claim for the midfielder’s signature.

Liverpool resisted Juventus’ bid to take Can to Serie A last summer in the hope that they could persuade the former Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen star to pen a new deal.