Bayern Munich's decision to sell Emre Can to Bayer Leverkusen was nothing short of shocking—until the full details of the deal were released.
The German midfielder, whose transfer was confirmed by the Bundesliga on August 2, has signed a four-year deal with the Werkself in a bid to find regular first-team football and progress as a player.
Can is making a sensible choice, as the huge potential that lies within him simply cannot be harnessed if he continues to make just seven appearances per season. A permanent deal looks to be a fantastic coup for Leverkusen, but die Bayern have covered their tracks with a clever buy-back clause.
It's common practice if you're Barcelona or Real Madrid: farm out several of your youngsters if there's no space, have someone else train them and simply re-purchase them when their talent is realised.
Sure, it costs, but it's effectively paying extra for the fast-track queue at a theme park—part with a little more, but things happen a lot quicker.
In the meantime, Sami Hyypia and the Werkself have acquired another young, hungry and supremely talented player to swell their impressive ranks.
This is a side who were neck-and-neck with Borussia Dortmund last season in the Bundesliga, and despite losing Andre Schurrle to Chelsea at the start of the summer, have reinvested the money superbly to make themselves a force once again.
Giulio Donati, Robbie Kruse and Heung-Min Son have all been low-key purchases on the global scale, yet each are set to make a big impact in an excellent team.
Can adds to that and fits the established mould, effectively giving a little relief to Simon Rolfes and Lars Bender in midfield. The Under-21 International is also able to deputise at centre-back too, giving Hyypia the wealth of choice when it comes to midgame switches or tactical tweaks.
He's strong for his age, tackles and reads the game well and passes very neatly. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is just one of many who have huge hopes for Turkish-born starlet:
We wanted to allow him to make this step so that he gets sufficient match practice, like Toni Kroos did in Leverkusen, Philipp Lahm at VfB Stuttgart or even David Alaba in Hoffenheim.
Thiago Alcantara's arrival in Munich saw him link up with an already-stacked midfield core, pushing the likes of Can and Pierre Hojberg further out of the picture.
Factor in Jan Kirchhoff's ability to deputise in midfield and Sebastian Rode's impending transfer to the Allianz Arena, and all three parties have done an excellent deal.
The only sore point could arise in Leverkusen coming to rely on Can following exponential growth, and Bayern taking him back for a reasonable, set fee as he enters the peak of his powers.
That, however, remains a bridge to cross nearer the time.