Liverpool and Arsenal face fight to sign European whizkid

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Juventus have reportedly revealed their intentions to sign Swiss sensation Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool had been installed as one of the early frontrunners for the 18-year-old's signature, with competition from PSV Eindhoven - and now Juventus - expected in the pursuit of the mercurial talent.

According to Arsenal are also in the race for the teenage star, who helped FC Basel to the league and cup double last season in his rookie campaign.

The flee-footed winger's profile rose dramatically after he scored a stunning goal against England as Switzerland fell to a 3-1 defeat in the Euro 2012 qualifier earlier this month.

This has led the the youngster to be linked with a number of Premier League clubs - most notably Liverpool and Arsenal - and he could be available for a reported figure of £8 million.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a reputation of turning young talents into international stars and is understood to be keen to nurture Shaqiri into a Gunners hero.

However, Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson could use his Swiss connections to bring the whizkid to Anfield.

Hodgson was the Switzerland national coach between 1992 and 1995 and is understood to still retain potentially influential contacts in the country's footballing hierarchy as he pursues the highly sought after Shaqiri.

Earlier in September it was reported that Shaqiri had expressed an interest in securing a move to Anfield.

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