Switzerland International Told He Can Go
The Reds saw a £16million bid rejected by the German champions in the summer but Shaqiri has just three starts under his belt so far this season and looks to be surplus to requirements under Pep Guardiola.
Swiss newspaper Blick claims Shaqiri will be allowed to leave Bayern for €12.5million in the January transfer window. Reports from Germany on Wednesday claimed the Switzerland international could be on his way to Wolfsburg, currently second in the Bundesliga. However, he recently suggested that any other German club is “a step backward” compared to Bayern.
That appears to rule out Wolfsburg – although those words may yet come back to haunt Shaqiri. It also rules out Borussia Dortmund.
Blick’s chief football correspondent Andreas Boni has done some speculating and he says Shaqiri’s choice can be narrowed down to just two clubs: Liverpool and their Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Boni’s logic is that Shaqiri’s own comments rule out a move elsewhere within Germany. But clubs such as Roma, Tottenham and Borussia Monchengladbach can also be rejected simply because they aren’t big enough.
A move to Chelsea, Barcelona or Real Madrid would also be wrong, but for different reasons. He would find himself in the same situation as he does at present – on the bench. A move to Serie A can also be discounted due to the nature of the league’s falling standards.
That just leaves two – possibly three – clubs: Liverpool and United but also La Liga champions and last season’s beaten Champions League finalists, Atletico Madrid.
It remains to be seen whether the Reds come in with a fresh bid having previously been turned down. Manager Brendan Rodgers turned to young Serb Lazar Markovic after Bayern’s rejection in the summer. United have also ruled out any major signings in January.