Liverpool have unveiled new signing Emre Can after agreeing a £10million fee with Bayer Leverkusen. The midfielder is manager Brendan Rodgers’s third signing of the summer after he recently picked up Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, both from Southampton.
Liverpool had to wait until the 1st of July to finalize the transfer but a deal had been agreed in June between both teams.
The Frankfurt-born midfielder had stints with Bayern Munich in 2012 before moving to Leverkusen a year later. He made 23 appearances, scoring three goals, and also played in seven Champions League matches, most notably in the 5-0 bashing by Manchester United.
“Emre is an exciting young talent and I’m delighted he’s chosen Liverpool,” Brendan Rodgers said during the unveiling.
Liverpool will return to the Champions League this season after a considerable absence. A fantastic performance last term saw the Anfield outfit book a spot in the competition, but lost out in the Premier League title chase to Manchester City in a nail-biting end to the season.
“He has recognized that we are a club that improves and nurtures exciting, ambitious players and I’m looking forward to seeing him take those next steps forward for us. We have tracked his progress for some time and I have been impressed with his attitude and qualities when I have seen him play both in the German Bundesliga and the Champions League.
“He has many of the attributes we look for; Charisma on the football pitch and courage to want the ball and make things happen.”
Brendan continued: “Yes, without a doubt [Liverpool can have an impact in the Champions League]. We came second in last year’s Premier League season, the best league in the world. We don’t have to hide from anybody. We simply need to believe in ourselves and I am very optimistic that we will go far in the Champions League.”
The youngster has six caps for Germany Under-21s and has represented the country at every level since U15. A former Bayern Munich player, he only singed for Leverkusen at the beginning of last season. Bayern included a buy-back clause in the deal, but were not interested when Liverpool came calling last month.
A talented and combative midfielder who can play in several positions, he has been compared to Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Emre Can played in 39 matches in all competitions for Leverkusen last season, scoring four times as the club finished fourth in the Bundesliga.
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