May 28, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT
Liverpool’s pursuit of Germany U-21 midfielder Emre Can has hit yet another snag as the club is having trouble agreeing to personal terms with the player.
The Anfield club is reportedly willing to pony up the $16 million necessary to trigger Can’s release clause with current club Bayer Leverkusen but the player’s representatives are balking at the wage being offered.
Leverkusen stand to make a healthy profit on Can, who arrived at Bayer from Bayern Munich last summer for $7.5 million. Since then the stock of the Frankfurt-born player has sky-rocketed after he established himself as a two-footed defensive lynchpin who can also serve as a left back.
With Can’s welcomed influence in the Leverkusen midfield the club is reportedly in no rush to sell but Brendan Rodgers seems to have his target on lock. If his transfer to Liverpool goes through, Can would be used to spell Steven Gerrard as the deep midfielder and to provide cover, or, potentially replace, young Jon Flanagan at left-back.
Last year Can scored three goals in 29 appearances to help Leverkusen to a 4th place finish in the Bundesliga.
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