After a several weeks of negotiating, Liverpool have finally tabled a bid for German playmaker Emre Can. The deal looked to be on its deathbed after personal terms could not be agreed with the player during the weekend. However, negotiations have begun to run more smoothly, causing Liverpool to put in a bid of £9.75 million - activating Can's release clause.
The deal comes as a great disappointment to Leverkusen who were hoping Liverpool would not be able to meet the release clause expiration date, which incidentally was due to be today after midnight.
The deal will also affect Can's former club Bayern Munich, they had sold Can for £4 million at the beginning of this season but had inserted a buy back clause of £10 million to be activated after 2015. In essence, the deal had the overtones of a loan deal; had Can impressed at Leverkusen, Bayern could easily buy him back. If he did not impress, Leverkusen could either keep him or sell him on with little chance of a loss. However, Liverpool have been able to find a loophole in deal and now look set to wrap up the deal by the end of the week.
Can is a playmaker by trade, capable of replicating Steven Gerrard as a deep-lying midfielder or playing further afield. His versatility also means he can play as a left back and center back - two positions Liverpool had considerable trouble with last season.