Thursday, 5 June 2014

Liverpool sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can

Brendan Rodgers has landed his second signing of the summer after Liverpool confirmed that midfielder Emre Can is heading for Anfield.

Liverpool had activated a £9.75million (12m euro) escape clause in Can's Leverkusen contract by faxing a bid to the Bundesliga club.

The German side admitted on Wednesday night that Liverpool made their move and that everything has been agreed for the transfer to go through.

The Reds released a statement on their website on Thursday morning that the deal had been done in principle subject to the completion of relevant documents.

Leverkusen's chief executive Michael Schade told German paper Bild on Wednesday that: 'Up until yesterday, I would have said it was just rumours about Emre.

'But now I can confirm that we have received an official offer from Liverpool, and I expect a very quick conclusion to it.'
Rodgers has been chasing the Germany Under 21 international for a while and has been over to personally check on the player's progress.

The 20-year-old is an energetic box-to-box midfielder and should provide the Reds with extra impetus in the middle of the park.

Rodgers is keen to get his transfer business done early. Rickie Lambert has already signed for £4million from Southampton ahead of the World Cup and they continue to pursue England midfielder Adam Lallana.

They came within a slip of winning the league last month and the belief is that if they can keep hold of Luis Suarez - who was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the Spanish press on Wednesday morning - and supplement that with shrewd additions, they'll be in a better position to challenge come August.

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