Liverpool continued to build upon the momentum of their second-place EPL finish this past season by officially signing Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can Thursday, according to the club's official Twitter account:
A deal was initially reached in principle a month ago, but the particulars took some time to complete. Although Liverpool didn't release financial terms, Tony Barrett of The Times offered a ballpark estimate:
There is likely plenty of excitement on Liverpool's side as the dynamic 20-year-old has a great deal of potential. Can is equally thrilled to make the jump to the EPL, though, per Liverpool'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," Can said. "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."
The talented German plied his trade in the Bundesliga for parts of two seasons with Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. Can earned 39 appearances across all competitions with Bayer in 2013-14 and managed to tally four goals.
His role with the Reds is unlikely to be as large during the upcoming season, but playing and training with elite talent at the highest level should be huge for his continued development.
Can is a big, versatile player who should figure heavily into Liverpool's future plans. It may not be easy for a player of his caliber to act mainly as a reserve and learn from others, but it will work to his benefit in the long run.
Perhaps another year as a featured player for Bayer in the Bundesliga would have been good for Can, but he is already a solid enough player to make the move. Provided manager Brendan Rodgers handles him well, Can will be a major asset moving forward.
Liverpool haven't rested on their laurels after a great 2013-14 campaign and seem focused on reaching the top of the EPL in 2014-15. Having a spark plug like Can coming off the bench is the latest piece to what could be a championship puzzle.
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