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Xherdan Shaqiri subject of talks between Juventus and Bayern

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Serie A champions Juventus are set to hold formal talks with Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to the Daily Express.

The Swiss international has been tipped to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer after growing frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities under Pep Guardiola, and after an impressive World Cup in Brazil, interest in the 22-year-old is thought to be high.

Juve aren't the only team considering a bid for the wide-man though, as Premier League side Liverpool have also been monitoring his situation since the end of last season, with Brendan Rodgers still considering a formal bid for the Munich outcast.

However, after stalling on the decision to bid for him, Rodgers now faces falling behind in the race for his signature as reports are suggesting that officials from Juve are already in talks with Shaqiri's representatives.

Bayern Munich struggles

Since arriving at the Allianz Arena back in 2012 from Swiss side FC Basel, Shaqiri has only managed to make 43 appearances for the first-team, and has scored 10 times during those spells in the squad.

Costing the German outside just shy of £10million, Shaqiri was one of the hottest youngsters in European football, but due to serious competition in the Munich side, his first-team appearances were limited and his frustration has continued to mount.

Reported interest

After spending yet another season as an understudy to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Shaqiri is finally ready to end his two year stay in Munich, and was said to be close to securing a move to Anfield, with Liverpool keen to add attacking options to their squad.

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With star-man Luis Suarez departing the club, Rodgers was desperate to sign big names in order to keep the fans happy and, after watching the Swiss winger at the World Cup, it seemed as though Rodgers had found his man.

Juventus interest

However, after a potential move to England stalled, Juve moved in on the situation and held formal talks with Shaqiri's team, hoping to come to an agreement for a £15million transfer.

Despite said interest, Bayern Munich's sporting director Matthias Sammer, declared their player was not for sale.

"Xherdan is an important player for the future," he said.

"There are no thoughts at all about selling him."

Although they declared Shaqiri isn't for sale, officials at Juve believe this is just a stunt to try and bump up his price-tag, and the Italian champions are feeling confident that they can land the 22-year-old ahead of Liverpool.

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