Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.
Can only moved to Leverkusen last summer from Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola’s side not exercising their buy back option means Liverpool have triggered Can’s buy-out clause with an offer of around £10 million.
It’s an interesting deal and one which plenty of Liverpool fans may not have been expecting.
However, Rodgers has previously proved very successful in the transfer market and he may well have pulled off another masterstroke with this deal.
Lucas was forced to operate as the side’s main holding midfielder last season, dropping deep in the middle of the team and protecting the back four in big pressure games.
Jordan Henderson and skipper Steven Gerrard also found themselves playing that role at times, contradicting the natural tendencies of all three players.
Can’s main position is as a defensive midfielder, which means he’ll allow Rodgers the luxury of being able to use those players who played defensively last season in more attacking roles.
He also arrives at the club with Champions League experience having played in Europe for Leverkusen last season.
That should convince Rodgers that he shouldn’t have any fear using Can in the Champions League and will also allow Liverpool greater freedom to adopt a much favoured 4-5-1 European formation.
Although his preferred position is in central midfield he can also play in central defence, which means Rodgers won’t have to axe any of his current centre-backs to bring in someone new.
However, for him to appear in Liverpool’s back four would more than likely mean a long list of injuries which the boss would naturally want to avoid.
There has been plenty of talk about managers trying to do deals before the World Cup but Rodgers has now landed two blows in the transfer market while other coaches scramble to try and get business done before next Thursday.
Here’s what Liverpool fans have made of the news via social media site Twitter.
Woke up to find we've signed Emre Can for £9.75 mill, brilliant start to the day and what a Bargain! #LFC— Shaun (: (@SomeLankyMan) June 5, 2014
Absolutely delighted with Emre Can, great signing, not overpaid, and great versatile player ! #LFC— Antoine Maratřay (@Maratrovic_) June 5, 2014
emre can, this man is something new and talented. very pleased with the signing. #LFC— Daniel Keane (@Dkeane96) June 5, 2014
Can't wait for Emre CAn to score the first goal in a game and watch twitter explode with "Can Opener" barbs arf arf— Floating Enganche (@Mines_Colombia) June 5, 2014
Yess We Signed Emre Can. Anuva midfielder. On top of that, he's young and something different from what we already have— RAZOR RAMON (@ChimBITW) June 5, 2014
Got a funny feeling this Emre Can gonna turn out to be another Nuri Şahin.... #lfc— Gurps Sahara (@GurpsSahara) June 5, 2014
Don't know anything about this Emre Can but getting these signings done early is nice change!— David Tierney (@tierney1811) June 5, 2014
Emre can has bags of potential, smart buy by Liverpool— Bill Tuohy (@BillTuohy) June 5, 2014
Emre Can.. U21 German Nation alteam.. He's 20 and a promising young lad.. Under Rodgers he can become what he ever dreamed of.. #LFC— Daniel Meldgaard (@BoonSaints) June 5, 2014
Rodgers clearly only signed Emre Can for the infinite punnery potential that he brings. A goldmine for mediocre newspaper headlines— Ed (@EdHunterAFC) June 5, 2014