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Report - Liverpool activate midfielder's release clause

The deal to bring Emre Can to Anfield appears to have taken a step closer.

Liverpool hope to complete the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can within the week according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail is reporting that the Reds have activated a release clause in the 20-year-old’s contract. German newspaper Bild is also reporting a deal is close.

There were thoughts that the move could be scuppered by personal terms with the midfielder said to have been in no rush to resolve his future according to reports last week. There were also reported concerns that Bayern Munich may have tried to re-sign the player after they sold him to Leverkusen 12 months earlier, given they had first refusal on the player.

But it looks as if those issues are closer to resolution with the Reds prepared to pay £9.75 million for the defensive midfielder – who can also operate in the left-back and centre-back positions.

Given his versatility, he will be a welcome addition to the squad for Brendan Rodgers having had trouble addressing the left-back area for much of last season, largely down to the absence of Jose Enrique. He would also provide good cover for Steven Gerrard as the Reds look to compete on four fronts next season, given their involvement in the Champions League for the first time since 2009. Can is also no stranger to playing Champions League football.

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