Bayern Munich could thwart Liverpool’s attempts to sign highly-rated German midfielder Emre Can via a buy-back clause in his Bayer Leverkusen contract.
The 20-year-old is linked with a summer move to Anfield in Sunday morning’s press, with Bild suggesting a £10 million fee has been agreed between Liverpool and Leverkusen.
However, Can has a clause in his contract allowing Bundesliga champions Bayern to buy the German Under-21 international back.
Eurosport Germany report that “Liverpool would struggle to complete the transfer as they would need the consent of Bayern Munich.”
They claim a Bayern representative told them on Sunday in reaction to the rumours of Liverpool’s interest in Can: “He is a big talent and still only 20 years old. He has enjoyed a breakthrough season with Leverkusen. He is quick and technically very good.
“He came from Bayern Munich to Leverkusen last summer for €5 million but Bayern may re-sign him for a fixed price.”
Can left Bayern’s youth set-up last summer for around €5 million after former Liverpool defender and Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia eyed his talents.
He made 29 appearances for Leverkusen during 2013/14, scoring three goals and creating 16 chances, according to Squawka.
A Bayern representative added: “Karl-Heinz Rummenigge [Bayern CEO] has already said he wants him back in a few years and said the only reason they sanctioned the move to Leverkusen was so he could get some match practice.
“For that reason we don’t believe he’ll go to Liverpool. Leverkusen need the consent of Bayern and Bayern doesn’t want to give it.”