Bayer Leverkusen desperate to keep Emre Can

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Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has confirmed that there have been no bids for Liverpool transfer target Emre Can.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a £10m move for the Germany youth team star, who has appeared for the under-21s.

He reportedly has a buyout clause in his Bayer Leverkusen contract that allows him to talk to other clubs if they match the asking price - believed to be around the £10m mark.

But squad manager Michael Reschke insists Bayer Leverkusen are keen to keep him at the club and Voller says he has not had any contact with Liverpool over an offer so far this summer.

Reschke told Rheinische Post: "We will do everything we can to ensure that Emre plays for us at least one more season."

And then speaking to Bild, he continued: "We are convinced that another year would be right for his sporting development."

Can made 29 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer last season, scoring three goals and providing three assists. He can play in central midfield or at left back.

And when Voller was asked if Liverpool had made an approach, he said: "There is still no official request."

The 20-year-old started his professional career in the senior ranks with Bayern Munich but left for Leverkusen in 2013 in search of more regular football.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, they may have to battle interest from the Bavarian giants as they reportedly have a buyback clause in Can's contract.

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