Brendan Rodgers wants to sign proven quality established internationals at Liverpool in order to help replace the departing Steven Gerrard, write several national media this Sunday.
The first of those could be long-term target Xherdan Shaqiri (pictured above). The 23-year-old Swiss attacker was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer before Adam Lallana‘s deal was completed.
Now, several reports claim Liverpool and Inter Milan are bidding for his signature from Bayern Munich.
Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio claims Liverpool are pushing hard for a €14 million deal this January. It’s claimed Inter are also interested, initially possibly on a loan deal, and that the decision is now largely up to the player.
Shaqiri would certainly add to Liverpool’s attacking options, and a front three of Shaqiri, Sterling and Sturridge is an exciting prospect.
Eurosport claim Sky Italia are reporting the same bid for Shaqiri, but also Juventus’ interest – claiming Juve have agreed personal terms with Shaqiri’s entourage, but not with Bayern as they want him on loan with option to buy.
Another attacking addition this January may yet to be Divock Origi, the player signed in the summer but loaned back to Lille.
The Belgian forward has been linked with an early arrival at Anfield numerous times in recent weeks and the latest report comes from French newspaper L’Equipe – who say Liverpool would have to pay an extra €4 million to make the move earlier than previously agreed.
Meanwhile, Rodgers is quoted in several British backpages explaining his desire to sign some “ready-made players” rather than purely young potential:
“A large part of our squad will always be young players, but if you want to take those steps forward at times you have to look to bring in some ready-made players.”
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