Anfield side set sights on Allianz Arena youngster.
Liverpool are said to be keen on signing Bayern Munich’s Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to the Metro.
The Reds have identified the 21-year old winger after they lost out to Munich’s league rivals Borussia Dortmund to the signing of £25million-rated Armenian midfielder Henrik Mkhtaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk last week. The Swiss international signed for Munich from FC Basel last summer for a reported fee of £10million, where he signed a four-year contract with the club.
Shaqiri, since his move to the Allianz Arena, has yet to establish himself as a first team regular at the club, behind the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in the pecking order, and is considering his future at the club if he is not guaranteed more first team football under new manager Pep Guardiola. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly willing to go as high as £20million for Shaqiri this summer.
Having already signed Mario Gotze this summer, a versatile player who can play across the midfield, its understood that Shaqiri will ask for a move away with Liverpool leading the race to sign him. One of the most talented youngsters in Europe, it would be a real coup for the club if they can bring in Shaqiri this summer if they miss out on the likes of Christian Eriksen.
Shaqiri’s arrival would almost certainly signal the sale of flop Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi, who joined the club for £2.4million last summer from SC Heerenveen. Having made only six starts, the 24-year old winger is a reported target for the likes of FC Twente and PSV, who are eyeing up a cut-price £1million deal.