Thursday, 22nd May, 2014
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has acknowledged there is interest in Emre Can from Liverpool, but insists the midfielder is not yet heading the Anfield.
The 20-year-old is wanted by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who appreciates the former Bayern Munich starlet's versatility, Can able to operate both at left-back and in midfield.
Can has a release clause of €12m in his contract, however matters are complicated by the fact that Bayern Munich have a buy-back clause and are believed to be prepared to activate it to prevent the youngster joining Liverpool.
For now, Voller will admit to interest from Liverpool, but feels another season at the BayArena will benefit Can more than a transfer.
"We know of the interest, but we don't have anything that's official", Voller told Bild.
"It is clear that Emre has a clause in his contract.
"But a decision is still pending", he added.
And Leverkusen would like Can to stay put under new coach Roger Schmidt, something they feel Bayern Munich also want, even if a sale would mean a big profit for Voller's side on the €5.5m paid for the player.
"The deal [selling to Liverpool for €12m] would be lucrative, but that's not the point.
"We think that Emre would still do well with us for another year.
"Roger Schmidt has spoken with him already, he's totally into the player.
"And I'm convinced that Can will play even better Roger.
"Of course I've spoken with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge about the subject. Bayern think too that another season at Leverkusen would be right for Emre's development."