Tuesday 17 October 2017

Liverpool move closer to £12million deal for German star Emre Can

Emre Can
Emre Can

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool are closing in on a £12 million deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. Brendan Rodgers is hoping to secure Can as his first signing of an active summer in the transfer market.

Can, who plays for Germany Under-21s but is of Turkish descent, has a clause in his contract which Liverpool are ready to activate and it is understood talks have advanced significantly in the last few days.

The 20-year-old moved to Leverkusen, formerly managed by ex-Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia, last season from Bayern Munich for just £4.5 million. Munich placed a buy-back clause of their own but that can not be activated until next summer.

Identifying Can’s potential, Liverpool believe the temptation to move to the Premier League and steal a march on the Bundesliga champions. That would represent quite a coup for Rodgers, recruiting a player tipped to be a future star of German football.

Can is seen as dynamic, box-to-box midfielder in the mould of Sebastian Schweinsteiger, although Leverkusen have spent recent days attempting to convince him his progress would be best served remaining in German football ahead of a potential return to Munich.

Rodgers wants at least five new players this summer, ranging from a back-up goalkeeper, a full-back, attacking midfielder and striker. Can would represent an encouraging start to his recruitment drive.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are planning a lucrative pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund next August. The Anfield fixture is pencilled in for August 10, a curtain-raiser to the next Premier League season.

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