Liverpool FC target Xherdan Shaqiri is becoming more in-demand after his recent comments
The 23 year old Bayern Munich player was chased by the Reds in the summer, but the Merseysiders’ advancements for the Swiss international were curbed by the Bayern 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.”
However, just this week, it was reported by German paper BILD that Shaqiri will be allowed to leave Bayern Munich. 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.
Shaqiri is thought to be valued at £18million, and Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs looking to add the player. Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked in the past, but those reports seem to have faded away.
While United, Arsenal both don’t need Shaqiri as they have the services he offers, covered adequately, both Liverpool and Spurs can benefit from some much needed creative spark. But according to fresh reports surfacing, Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan have also joined the race. These three Italian sides are also in need of creativity in the attack and could benefit from the player’s arrival.
It seems like it is going to be a tough chase for the ‘Alpine Messi’ in the winter, and the bidding war can make Bayern the biggest winner as the £18m player might end up going for much more.
Liverpool linked with Marseille’s prolific Andre-Pierre Gignac
Seems like Arsenal and Liverpool are targetting a lot of similar names. Latest to join the list is Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac. However, the Marseille man is also a wanted player with Inter Milan and Dynamo Moscow also interested to land the player in January.
Gignac has been in terrific form for Marseille this season, and has been a key part in the Phoceens leading the Ligue 1 table, having scored 10 goals in 13 appearances so far.
As much as Marseille would want to hold on to the striker, Gignac’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the management has conceded defeat in getting the player to sign an extension as they don’t expect the player to lower his wage demands. European clubs are likely to take advantage of this situation and expectedly a swarm of names have been reported to be the 28 year old’s next destination.
While interest from Premier League clubs must tempt the 28 year old, reports in France suggest that Gignac could instead choose to follow former teammate Mathieu Valbuena to Russia if the money is right.
Gignac won’t be available for peanuts, even if his contract is running down. He is probably in the peak of his career and is regularly scoring for his club. His good form earned him a call up to France’s national squad along with teammate Dimitri Payet.
Christopher Hutteau, Gignac’s agent, said recently: “Given the fact that he is not very old, he has a real market value. This is a striker with a relatively atypical profile, responsive to the physical challenge, the archetypal player who can succeed at a big club. He can play in England, Arsenal or Liverpool, no problem. For me, it is between €12 million (£9.5m) and €15 million (£11m).”
It now remains to be seen whether either one of the suitors will place an offer in the winter wait until the end of the season to see if they can sign Gignac for free.
Lucas might reunite with Rafa Benitez, claims agent
Brazilian Lucas Leiva was a key member of the Liverpool squad a few years back, but he finds himself largely marginalized at the moment. It now seems like he could be on the move in the January transfer window, as his agent confirmed that the defensive midfielder could consider his options in a couple of months.
Lucas’ agent, Henrique Coelho, has admitted the Brazilian could be tempted to move on in the winter.
“Is it possible that Lucas could leave Liverpool in January? Yes, naturally,” said Coelho
When asked if his client would be interested in a move to Napoli, Coelho replied:
“Lucas likes Rafael Benitez a lot. After all, the two know each other well from when the Spaniard was coaching Liverpool.”
Lucas has been linked with a move away from the club for a while now but with his agent’s recent comments, a transfer this coming winter looks more and more likely.