Liverpool is closing in on a €10 million deal to bring in Bayer Leverkusen mid-fielder Emre Can, according to a German source at Sport Bild (via The Daily Mail).
This source appears so confident in the deal that it claims only formalities remain to be executed. Can is one of the first of the predicted many that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking to bring to Anfield after his announced plans to clear out up to twelve players currently in the squad.
Can has performed well this Bundesliga season, and impressed spectators to the extent Rodgers has seen him as a valuable ingredient in his Liverpool summer shake up.
This news has sent many Liverpool fans searching the internet for information on Can, asking just this: what do we know about the highly rated, 20 year old, German-Turkish up-and-comer?
Well, he has represented Germany at U21 level (though his Turkish ancestry bars him to play for the national team). He has proven his ability as a versatile player with Bayer, performing well in his favoured central midfield role as well as at the back in central and both full-back positions.
This past season alone he has scored four goals with impressive dribbling skill and has provided as many assists.
Can has progressed quickly as a young footballer, being picked up at 18 by Bayern Munich, before moving on to Bayer Leverkusen after only four first team appearances.
If this young player shows so much malleable promise, you might ask as to Bayern’s reasons for selling him. This can be attributed to the competitive habitat that is the Allianz Arena, where despite Can’s impressive time there he was still deemed superfluous to the club’s needs (though not without a fixed-price return clause in his sale).
Can’s arrival at Anfield would likely pin Lucas Leiva as one of those to be leaving – though fans seem to be by and large applauding the purchase of Can. Concerns surrounding Rodgers’ bold disturbing of the foundations of the squad are being calmed by this news.
In all, this is nearly universally seen as a good first step in Liverpool’s transfer season.