United turn attention to Liverpool target.
Manchester United look set to compete with rivals Liverpool for the signing of £15m-rated Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, it has emerged.
The Red Devils have been in the market for new signings on the flanks this summer, but have been so far unsuccessful in their attempts to sign targets such as Angel Di Maria, Arjen Robben and Juan Cuadrado.
Liverpool have been linked as the strongest contenders to sign Shaqiri from Bayern, with the Swiss international keen to leave the Allianz Arena in a bid to play more regular first-team football after a difficult time in Germany since signing from FC Basel.
The 22-year-old has previously been regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in European football, and could be a good signing for whoever gets him, and United manager Louis van Gaal now looks to have made him one of his top priorities.
The club are also working on a deal for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, but van Gaal will step up his efforts to bring in Shaqiri to enhance his options out wide, with the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia all somewhat off form in recent times.
Di Maria had been one of United’s top targets after being allowed to leave by Real Madrid, though it looks increasingly likely that Paris Saint-Germain will win the race for his signature in a loan move with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.
Cuadrado has also emerged as a target for the Red Devils in recent times, but it looks as though Barcelona will beat off competition for his signature with a £30m bid for the Colombian international, who has been in superb form for Fiorentina and his national side in recent times.
Robben was another ambitious target for the club but looks out of reach as Bayern will be keen to keep him as one of their first-choice attacking midfielders, but this could free up Shaqiri to leave this summer.
Liverpool remain keen on the talented wide-man, but may have cooled their interest after signing the likes of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic in the attacking midfield areas.