Top Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri has seemingly ended speculation over a potential move to Anfield, by agreeing to join Italian giants Roma in a €20million deal, according to reports.
Italian source Il Tempo claims that the Switzerland international has told Bayern Munich that he wants to leave, presumably to ensure that he’s playing regularly next term, and has consented to moving to the Serie A. If true the news will have put to bed any rumours that Shaqiri could join Brendan Rodgers’ Reds revolution, despite the fact that the Northern Irishman has been keen on him for some time.
Since before this summer’s transfer window was even declared open Liverpool have been hotly linked with the purchase of the playmaker, and his fantastic performances at the World Cup would have done very little to put suitors off.
Shaqiri to Roma
However now it’s claimed that the diminutive forward will swap the Bundesliga for Italy, and will pocket €2.5million as a result. Having only managed 17 appearances in Germany last term Shaqiri’s future as a first-team player for Bayern continues to look precarious and, with Pep Guardiola constantly trying to improve his squad, further purchases could be made which would harm his position further.
Under Rudi Garcia at Roma however the 22-year-old would be guaranteed plenty of game-time, and in a resurgent side which was able to secure Champions League football by way of their second placed Serie A finish last term. Having already signed Ashley Cole and Juan Iturbe the club have signalled their intent to once more attempt to overthrow Juventus’ dominance following three successive years of Turin-based domestic triumph.
Much has been made over Shaqiri’s potential to one day be amongst the best players in the world, and from a neutral point of view his move to Roma offers hope that he may yet be given the chance to develop properly. Whilst Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery remain at the Allianz Arena there’s little of chance of him doing so at Bayern, and the emergence of Mario Gotze makes it an arduous task to get on the pitch in a central attacking position.
Nevertheless there’s little doubt Liverpool fans won’t be bemoaning the fact that their club have missed out on a player who has Champions League experience. Though Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic have all been brought in to bolster Rodgers’ attacking options Shaqiri has genuine European pedigree, and in the wake of Luis Suarez’s departure he could well have been a source for goals.