Reports emanating from Germany this weekend suggested Liverpool had agreed a deal to sign Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen for £10million.
It was a surprising development, considering the player only made the switch from Bayern Munich last summer. But the latest news implies that the Reds may not have as much chance of signing the player as previously suggested.
Inside Futbol has published quotes attributed to Eurosport’s Munich office, which state: “We’ve heard about the rumours. He is a big talent and still only 20 years old.
“He came from Bayern Munich to Leverkusen last summer for €5million, but Bayern may re-sign him for a fixed price.
“Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already said he wants him back in a few years and said the only reason they sanctioned the move to Leverkusen was so he could get some match practice.
“For that reason we don’t believe he will go to Liverpool. Leverkusen need the consent of Bayern and Bayern doesn’t want to give it.”
It came as something of a surprise when Can left the Allianz Arena last summer - despite the fact he wanted more game-time - due to his considerable talent and ability to play in a range of positions. In fact it was previously suggested that he could be sent out on loan, with a number of Premier League clubs linked with him.
But if the latest report is true, it appears Bayern have a very clear plan for the 20-year-old, who would star in most teams and yet had an awful lot of competition to beat at Bayern.
There is no doubt he would be an excellent addition to Liverpool’s squad, but with a contract at Leverkusen until the summer of 2017, and with that reported buy-back clause, it seems Brendan Rodgers will have to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements.