Liverpool have made their second signing of the summer, 20 year old German midfielder Emre Can. The Daily Mail cite a fee close to £10m.
A player who shows maturity beyond his years, Can has demonstrated an ability in exquisite passing and tactical positioning, something which has led many to draw comparisons between him and the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Ballack.
Whilst playing most of the time as a defensive midfielder for Bayer Leverkusen, the German can operate higher up the field and this will be of particular interest to Brendan Rodgers – he will be keen to make sure there is a replacement for the seemingly irreplaceable Steven Gerrard, and should Can continue to develop as he has, he could be just the candidate for that role.
It’s becoming somewhat of a cliché when one talks about any of Liverpool’s signings or potential signings of late, in that the club is looking for depth to compete in the Champions League. Indeed, Can will strengthen Liverpool’s core and is a much more industrious player than Joe Allen, something which will be of paramount importance when they could be playing three times in a week.
Liverpool and Leverkusen have agreed a fee of £9.75m plus an additional £1.2m in compensation for the German club to relinquish any buy-back options, signalling that the Merseyside club see Can as a long term investment in their team.
Rodgers has had good fortune in making young players appear experienced and confident – look to Coutinho, Sterling and Sturridge – so one would imagine he will do the same the Can. For not much more than £10m, it seems that he’s bagged himself quite a bargain.