Five tree-top level Premier League transfers

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In Emre Can, Liverpool secured one of the most highly sought after youngers in the Bundesliga – the future looks bright for the midfielder, who is expected to replace captain and club legend Steven Gerrard in the long-term.

Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool; 10million pounds)

With the inevitable fact that Steven Gerrard’s days are numbered in Liverpool’s midfield, manager Brendan Rodgers was faced with a potential hole to fill in the long run that could well prove impossible.  Such is entangled relationship with Gerrard and the Anfield club, that any player that comes in with the task of trying to replace a club legend could well fall short of the mark on principle alone, not even taking into consideration their ability as a footballer.  However, Rodgers feels that, in Emre Can, he has his man.

Highly touted in Germany for his performances at Bayer Leverkusen, the former Bayern Munich youth standout comes with plenty of first team experience under his belt despite his tender age of  just 20-years old.  Hailed as n “inspirational young talent” by his new boss, Can fits the mold perfectly for what Rodgers is on course to successfully build on Merseyside.

Much like Gerrard’s tireless efforts in midfield, Can brings to the club the same abilities.  Many in Germany have already likened him to both Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger in regards to his ability to control the midfield with his work rate, physical play and keen eye for a pass.

Can’s move to Liverpool could well end up being one of the better transfers in the Premier League this season, but the clubs frantic activity in the market in the wake of Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona has caused many to focus more on the long list of attacking additions the club has brought in, especially Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.  While many will be expected to contribute to replace the goals taken to Barcelona by the chomping Uruguayan, expectations around Can are greater by a factor of 50; perhaps it’s best that this one is not being widely discussed.