Done Deal: Liverpool Sign Bayer Leverkusen Ace In £9.75m Deal

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The Reds have completed their second signing of the summer in Emre Can.

Liverpool have completed their second signing of the summer in a £9.75m deal to bring in midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 20-year-old joins Rickie Lambert on the list of new additions at Anfield, with the striker having made the £4m switch from Southampton on Saturday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has been keeping tabs on Can for some time – flying out to Germany to watch the youngster play in the Bundesliga – and decided it was worth activating the player’s £9.75m release clause.

The German is a versatile box-to-box midfielder, who says he is equally as comfortable in both attack and defence, but has also been known to fill in at both centre-back and left-back if required.

Rodgers wants Can to bolster his squad in the middle of the park primarily, with concerns that there are too few options in midfield as the Merseysiders prepare to return to the Champions League in 2014/15.

The Germany Under-21 international will be competing for a place in the starting XI with captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva – although the manager has also been known to deploy Philippe Coutinho in a deeper role as well.

Inter Milan were also interested in Can, but the midfield ace was keen to come to the Premier League and his agent Reza Fazeli has previously dealt with Rodgers having overseen the loan deal of Nuri Sahin in 2012.

The starlet is a physical player who has been compared to Bayern Munich aces Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos.

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