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Liverpool eye ‘new Michael Ballack’

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The German U-21 international has emerged as one of the Bundesliga’s top young players in recent times, with his commanding midfield displays having drawn comparisons with famed former BayArena and Chelsea hero Michael Ballack.

Can started his career with Bayern Munich but has established himself as a top talent since switching to Leverkusen, where he was coached by former Reds defender Sami Hyypia.

Brendan Rodgers is believed to have been paying close attention to the 20-year-old in recent months as he plots to spend his rumoured £60m transfer budget after securing Champions League football at Anfield for next season.

Can is also able to play at centre-back and left-back, and has been praised for his commanding displays and sheer presence in the centre of the pitch.

Fellow Leverkusen star Heung-Min Son is also on Rodgers’ radar.

The South Korean ace has developed into one of German football’s top strikers despite being just 21.

Both players are valued at around £12m and could be willing to leave their current club in the coming off-season.

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