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Liverpool are close to pushing through a surprise £10million deal for rising German star Emre Can.
And the Reds are desperate to complete the transfer as urgently as possible, to head off any chance of Bayern Munich muscling in on the action.
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is a big admirer of the versatile 20-year-old, who has captained his country at every level from U15 through to U21s.
Can can play in all midfield positions and also fill in at left-back and centre-half, making him a valuable addition, given he is rated one of the most promising young players in his country after a fine season with Bayer Leverkusen.
But the German-Turkish star spent all his formative years with giants Munich before making a £4.5m switch last summer, and Bayern DO have a buy-back clause.
The good news for the Reds though, is that can't be activated until 2015, and that means Liverpool can get their man this summer without any competition...especially as he has an automatic £10m release clause in his contract.