Liverpool are ready to offload Xherdan Shaqiri in the upcoming summer transfer window, with the club looking for an astounding £23 million.
According to Football Insider, Xherdan Shaqiri’s days at Liverpool could be numbered following recent developments over his future. It is believed that the club is ready to offload him in the summer, with Jurgen Klopp keen on making chops and changes to the side that looked almost invincible last season.
Shaqiri initially arrived at Anfield back in 2018, for a fee of £13 million from Stoke City. However, the Reds are not only interested in recouping the amount they had spent on the player, but are also keen on making a handsome profit. As such, the club is expecting somewhere in the region £23 million for the services of the Swiss international.
It is quite an astounding figure given the current financial climate that has left many top clubs across Europe stranded. As a result, the valuation of most players in Europe has taken a significant dip, with European clubs like FC Barcelona mostly targeting free agents in the upcoming summer transfer window.
In fact, Liverpool’s very own Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with a move to Catalunya in the summer and the Reds could brace themselves for other departures as well.
Shaqiri, though, could be good riddance as Liverpool finally look to add more quality in their attacking unit. A product of the Bayern Munich academy, the former Stoke City star has mostly been a fringe player for the Merseyside giants throughout his spell at Anfield, totalling just 58 competitive appearances for the club, most of which have come from the bench.
A move away from Anfield, therefore, could boost their budget while creating additional space in the squad. However, for a fee of £23 million, it could be next to impossible for the Premier League giants to find takers for Shaqiri, whose struggles in the Merseyside could dispel suitors from taking such a gamble in the current financial climate.
A slimmer for hope for Liverpool, though, comes in the form of the upcoming European Championship in the summer. Indeed, Shaqiri does tend to perform well for the Switzerland national team, so an impressive display, even in the group stages could significantly inflate his valuation, giving the Reds an ideal cue to offload the player for their desired asking price.