Liverpool have agreed a deal for Germany under 21 midfielder Emre Can, according to German newspaper Bild.
Can, 20, is a player who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks and suits the profile of player The Reds are seeking to sign under manager Brendan Rodgers and owners FSG.
Emre Can's agent has a very good relationship with Brendan Rodgers. Did Sahin and Yesil deals
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The German midfielder has impressed for Bayer Leverkusen this season, having signed from Bayern Munich last summer. He’s scored three goals in 36 appearances in all competitions, but also has a fiery record with 13 yellow cards and one red – against PSG in the Champions League.
Can is a versatile player, predominantly a defensive midfielder but also capable of playing left-back and more attacking midfield.
ESPN report Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller refusing to comment on the rumours.
Reports suggest Can will be a replacement in the squad for Lucas Leiva, who is linked with a move to Inter Milan for a similar fee.
The Brazilian, 27, says he isn’t aware of Inter’s reported interest. “I can say that at the moment I have received no offers,” he told The Liverpool Echo.
“Liverpool have never contacted me regarding this possibility. I can’t say there is a chance of me going to Inter because I am under contract at Liverpool.”
Bild claim that The fee amounts to approximately 12 million euros, just under £10 million.
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