Liverpool could on the verge of missing out on Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri with reports from Germany claiming the Switzerland international is close to a move to Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.
Liverpool put in a £16million bid for Shaqiri in June that was rejected by Bayern. But the 23-year-old is no nearer nailing down a place in Bayern’s starting line-up and has started just three Bundesliga games so far this season.
Sport Bild in Germany claims that Wolfsburg director of football Klaus Allofs is in contact with Shaqiri’s brother, Erdin, who also acts as his agent. Erdin Shaqiri also represents another player Wolfsburg are keen on, Basel’s 17-year-old forward Breel Donald Embolo.
Wolfsburg are currently challenging for a place in next season’s Champions League. They currently lie in second place in the league going into tonight’s match at Borussia Dortmund. They are 12 points behind leaders Bayern but six points ahead of Augsburg who lie just outside the league’s four Champions League spots. A spot in next season’s elite competition is looking beyond Liverpool even at this early stage of the season.
Wolfsburg are bankrolled by the German motor giant Volkswagen whose chairman Martin Winterkorn also sits on the Bayern board.