Following Chelsea’s announcement that they had agreed a deal for Basel winger Mohamed Salah, the rumour mill has started to churn out viable alternatives to the Egyptian for the seemingly beaten Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers’ side seemed to be in pole position for the winger, and despite Rodgers’ words of defiance, the club are now being linked with a host of different options.
One such option is said to be Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, with TuttoMercatoWeb claiming today that Liverpool are considering a January move for the player.
The 22-year-old Swiss international moved to the Allianz Arena in 2012, but has played a bit part role since, such has been the form of Arjen Robben and Ballon d’Or runner-up Franck Ribery.
The Premier League side were also said to have been interested in the player last summer, with Bayern Munich’s Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge refuting claims that Shaqiri would be leaving,
“Nobody has called about Shaqiri. Right now there are no plans [to sell],” said Rummenigge last July,
“The coach is completely satisfied with him. I think we will go into the season with the current squad.”
Shaqiri has predominantly featured from the bench this season under new coach Pep Guardiola, scoring three goals from 17 games in all competitions.
A Liverpool move for the player would depend on whether Bayern would be willing to lower their valuation, which currently stands around the €20m mark, far above Brendan Rodgers’ ideal price-range.
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