We knew it was only a matter of time, but yesterday Liverpool completed yet another signing of what’s sure to be a busy summer by formalizing the deal for Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.
A deal was already in place for the 21-year old to move to Anfield for £10mil, but the two clubs needed to wait until the transfer window officially opened on July 1st before it could be ratified. The promising German / Turkish youngster is Reds boss Brendan Rodgers third signing of the transfer window following Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to Merseyside and has been handed a long term contract ahead of what the Northern Irishman hopes will be a successful spell at Anfield.
“Emre is an exciting young talent and I’m delighted he’s chosen Liverpool for the next phase of his development and growth as a player,” the manager told the clubs official website. “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.”
The Anfield outfit, who will be returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2009, have a wealth of young talent at their disposal and Can is an impressive addition to their stable of up and coming players. “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” continued Rodgers. “He has many of the attributes we look for; charisma on the football pitch and courage to want the ball and make things happen.”
Welcome to the club, Emre.