Arsenal have taken their January transfer shopping to new heights and are even ready to go head to head with rivals Liverpool to land World Cup sensation Xherdan Shaqiri.
Reports according to Mirror are suggesting that BundesLiga champions; Bayern Munich are ready to offload Swiss star, Xherdan Shaqiri, on loan, putting Arsenal and Liverpool on course for a possible transfer tussle in January.
The 23-year old all-action forward has been very unfortunate at the Allianz Arena, not getting enough game time due to the stunning array of stars available to Pep Guardiola – Robben, Mueller, Ribery, Goetze, Lewandowski, to name a few.
It had been first suggested by Bayern Munich legend, Franz Beckenbauer, that the youngster would be allowed to leave on a temporary basis, though decrying it as a shame.
“Bayern have already sent out a signal and indicated to him that he can probably go into the winter break, when he wants” Beckenbauer to German channel sport 1
“I think it’s a shame as he is a great talent”
Bayern have set a fee of £1.5m as the deposit to be made by any party interested in taking Shaqiri on loan, though the layer will most likely be allowed to make his decision of where he would prefer, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a repeat of the Alexis situation where London is preferred to Merseyside.
The 23 year old Swiss International was one of Liverpool’s targets in the summer as they went about the revamp of their team to find replacements for Luis Suarez. Brendan Rodgers is regarded as a keen admirer of Shaqiri and had made efforts to sign him before the transfer window slammed shut on September 1.
The Liverpool manager is believed to still have it in mind to return to Bayern for Shaqiri in January but he will no more have it his way as the duo from North London have also indicated strong interest in him.
Liverpool had a Tottenham-like mass recruitment this summer with the acquisitions of attacking players like Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic to add to the other additions made in defence and midfield. They have, however, struggled to replicate the stunning form that brought them to the very strips of the League title last season, save for an infamous slip from Steven Gerrard.
Shaqiri’s physique and power makes him a good fit for the Premier League as his able to hold off challenges from defenders while being a very fiery prospect for goalkeepers with his usually accurate shots. His energy will be a complement to the vivacity of current Arsenal man of the moment, Alexis Sanchez, which will be a good reason for Gooners to keep watch of this space.
Despite being in most need of defensive uplift, there is no shame in battling the likes of Atletico Madrid and Liverpool for Shaqiri’s short-term signature, and if he does really well, £12m will never be too much to keep him on a permanent basis.
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