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Liverpool closer to capturing Can

Last Updated: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:00
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Liverpool's bid to sign midfielder Emre Can has moved closer after Bayern Munich said a formal offer had been received.

The Merseysiders have been in talks about Can, a Germany Under-21 international, for some time and they have now made their move.

"Until Tuesday, it was a rumour," Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade told German newspaper Bild. "Now I can confirm that an official offer from Liverpool is received by mail."

Can has a 12million euro (£9.75million) release clause effective for foreign clubs and it is reported that the buy-back option Bayern Munich inserted into the deal which took him to Leverkusen for £4.4million last summer is no longer valid.

Liverpool were hopeful of progressing the deal last weekend and, despite claims Can's wage demands were a stumbling block, reports say there were other as yet unspecified issues which needed to be sorted out.

If the deal is concluded in the next few days, Can would become Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the summer after he brought in striker Rickie Lambert from Southampton for £4million on Monday.

Rodgers is also hoping to tie up deals for Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana for around £25million and Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno in a £16million deal.

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