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Liverpool FC remain hopeful of concluding a deal to sign Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen after the German club confirmed they had received a formal offer for the midfielder.
The Reds have indicated that they are prepared to match the £10m buy-out clause in the 20-year-old's contract but, as revealed by the ECHO last week, have been struggling to agree personal terms with the player.
Anfield officials had feared the deal was on the verge of collapse over the weekend, but Michael Schade, the Bayer Leverkusen chief executive, confirmed on Wednesday that the Reds' bid had been received, with talks with the player ongoing.
Bayern Munich have a buy-back option on a player they sold to Leverkusen for £4.5m last summer, but it is understood that does not affect any deal to sell the player outside of Germany.
"Until Tuesday, it (Liverpool's bid) was a rumour," Schade said. "Now I can confirm that an official offer from Liverpool has been received by mail."
The Reds have already added Rickie Lambert to the squad which finished runners-up in the Premier League last season, and are keen to wrap up a number of other deals over the summer.
They are refusing, however, to be drawn into a bidding war for Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno. A bid of around £16m was tabled for the Spanish international last week, but as yet no deal has been agreed, with Liverpool concerned the La Liga club are looking to spark an auction. Real Madrid and Tottenham have both been linked with a move for the 21-year-old.