Liverpool have made inquiries with Bayern Munich over the availability of Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports on Saturday.
The Guardian‘s Andy Hunter claims that “Liverpool officials have approached their Bayern counterparts” regarding the Swiss international midfielder.
It’s not the first time Shaqiri has been linked with a move to Anfield. Last July, reports originating in Spain suggested the now 22-year-old was set for talks on Merseyside.
If we get Shaqiri…. Whoa
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) May 16, 2014
Shaqiri screams stalking horse. Southampton leak United and Spurs interest in Lallana, Liverpool leak interest in Shaqiri.
— BrentJuan Fraudgers (@GoingJuanLoco) May 16, 2014
However, the transfer didn’t come to fruition, but according to The Guardian it could be back on this summer:
The 22-year-old rose to prominence with Basel before joining Bayern for €11.6m in 2012. However, despite being a key figure in Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Switzerland squad for the World Cup, the winger has not secured a regular starting role in Germany and Liverpool are keen to offer Shaqiri a fresh start in the Premier League.
Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph also picks up on the story:
The 22-year-old midfielder has been scouted extensively by Liverpool since his Basle days and, at around £10 million, would be considerably cheaper than Lallana.
Shaqiri made 17 appearances for Bayern in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season, scoring six times.
The highly rated pacey midfielder signed for Bayern for around €11.6 million in 2012 and has two years left on his current deal.
However, despite an array of winners’ medals in his personal trophy cabinet, his lack of first-team opportunities may be frustrating the former Basel player.
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