3 July 2014 16:04
Liverpool have completed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, the club’s third arrival of the transfer window.
A deal to bring the 20-year-old to Anfield was agreed a month ago and has now been finalised, adding to the captures of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton.
The Germany Under-21 international told the club’s official website: “I am proud to be a part of the family and I am looking forward to playing here. I will give it my best.
“LFC is a great club and the fans are amongst the best in the world. I am looking forward to the first game and can’t wait to step on the pitch for the first time at Anfield.”
Can spent just one season at the BayArena, scoring three league goals in 29 appearances as Leverkusen ended the 2013-14 campaign fourth in the Bundesliga.
He joins Lambert and Lallana in arriving at Anfield in the close-season, as Brendan Rodgers aims to boost his ranks with the club preparing to return to the UEFA Champions League.
Without any European commitments last season, Liverpool were able to mount a sustained tilt at the title, which ultimately just fell short as Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy, two points ahead of the Merseyside club.
Their squad – relatively thin last term – is expected to be more heavily stretched this time around, with Can arriving to provide Rodgers with a greater number of options.
Can is unlikely be Liverpool’s last foray into the transfer market, with media speculation continuing to grow about the potential sale of star man to Luis Suarez – currently banned from all football for four months for biting – to Spanish giants Barcelona.