Reds wrap up deal for Emre Can…
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Liverpool have completed a deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, according to reliable German publication Bild.
The 20-year-old is extremely versatile, and was deployed in various positions for the Bundesliga outfit this term just finished.
He’s most comfortable in an anchoring midfield role, but Can played ten matches at left-back, two in central defence, and even one game as a wide left forward.
Due to his style, strength and skill on the ball, he’s been dubbed ‘The New Michael Ballack’ in his homeland, which will no doubt get the mouths of Liverpool fans watering.
Unlike Bild, Respected German football journalist Raphael Honegstein claims a deal is yet to be completed, but reckons a transfer is likely because of the Liverpool’s manager’s relationship with Can’s agent.
Emre Can’s agent has a very good relationship with Brendan Rodgers. Did Sahin and Yesil deals
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) May 17, 2014
Liverpool are keen to strengthen their squad this summer, after narrowly missing out on Premier League title glory, finishing 2nd, two points behind champions Manchester City.
Rodgers currently can deploy the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Coutinho and Lucas in central midfield, although there are rumours that the latter is a big target for Inter Milan.
If Can has completed a move to Anfield, he would add a number of different attributes to the squad. He can dribble through the centre of the park, but also prides himself on his range of both short and long passes. He can tackle, too – but often gives away fouls because of his tenacity.
Can came through the ranks at Bayern Munich, but moved to Leverkusen last summer. He is eligible to play for the Turkish national side, but has multiple caps for German youth teams at the moment.
In 2013/14, he made 29 starts in all competitions, scoring three goals and registering three assists too.