These Xherdan Shaqiri reports just won’t go away, will they?
Liverpool FC’s long term target Shaqiri will be allowed to leave Bayern Munich, claim German paper BILD. They claim that the 23 year old is not wanted at the Allianz Arena anymore as Pep Guardiola doesn’t think he is “clever enough” for his liking. The winger has apparently been told that he can leave in January.
Nicknamed the ‘Alpine Messi’ Shaqiri made his international debut at just 18-years-old, and is presently a key figure for his nation at the World Cup. He was the Man of the Match in Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Ecuador. Shaqiri was acquired by Bayern Munich in 2012 for a reported €11.6 million from Swiss side Basle, where he established himself after bursting into the scenes as a teenager in 2009. He was awarded the Swiss Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Only 22 years old, the player has already won 13 major trophies that include a Champions League and 2 Bundesliga titles. However, his contribution to those titles has mainly been from the bench. The Swiss star has always been thought of as a long term replacement for Franck Ribery.
The Premier League is said to be the ex-Basel’s player’s possible destination with Arsenal, Manchester United and even Tottenham joining the chase for him.
Shaqiri was chased by Liverpool in the summer, but the Merseysiders’ advancements for the 23 year old Swiss international were curbed by the management who at the time, seemed very keen on holding on to the World Cup star.
Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer said that Bayern want to retain the services of Shaqiri as he is a player for their future, “Xherdan is an important player for the future. There are no thoughts at all about selling him.”
Just a week back, the winger revealed that he was close to an exit in the summer and spoke about his dissatisfaction at the amount of game-time he is getting with Bayern. His words reeked of him being disgruntled and definitely hinted at a possible exit.
“I wanted a move in the summer, of course, but the club made their decision and I’ve just got to live with it. I just felt after the World Cup that it would be better for me to try something new. I thought about moving and I had lots of enquiries, but Bayern decided I had to stay — and you can’t do much about that as a player,” he said
“Everybody knows I want to be playing more. I’ve got to speak with Bayern before anybody, and we will sit down again this winter. I just get the impression I would never be a regular starter, not even if I score in every game.”
English papers who have sourced their stories from the Bild report claim that Liverpool look like the possible destination for the player and Liverpool ECHO write in their report: Sources in Germany say Liverpool are leading the chase with BILD insisting he will sign for the Reds.
The recent interest from United and Arsenal would definitely come as a worry to the Reds. However, the player would be boosted most with a move to Liverpool or Tottenham as he can be guaranteed of enough game time. Both the clubs are in need of something special at the moment and Shaqiri could provide a lot to both the Premier League clubs. The 23 year old wants to move away to play more regularly, otherwise why wouldn’t anyone want to stay with a club of Bayern’s pedigree? Hence, a move to Arsenal or Manchester United, where his favored position is already covered doesn’t make much sense. Considering Liverpool’s previous interest, and their poor start to the season, this transfer occurring this the winter can’t be ruled out.