Liverpool have confirmed a deal 'in principle' to sign Bayer Leverkusen's Germany Under-21 player Emre Can.
As we reported early yesterday, Liverpool triggered the €12M release clause (approx £9.75M) which was in place for foreign clubs. Bayern Munich will receive €2M of this as part of the contract agreement when the German giants sold him last season to Leverkusen for €5.5M.
Bayern did have the option of buying back the player but this part of his contract could only be activated in summer 2015.
The 20 year old, born in Frankfurt, has Turkish family but has represented Germany at all youth levels up to his current status as an U21 international. He has previously stated his desire to play at full international level with Germany.
Whilst his preferred position is in central midfield - his versaility allows him to play out wide or even as a wing back. He enjoys taking players on and looks well suited to Liverpool's high-tempo football.
Unlike last season's midfield arrival, Luis Alberto, Can has significant first team experience - playing an integral part in Leverkusen's 4th placed finish and Champions League qualification last season.
The player has yet to undergo a medical and agree personal terms but Liverpool are expected to complete the signing when the transfer window officially opens on July 1st.