Bayern Munich and Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri could finally live up to the promise of his days with FC Basel if he swaps the Bundesliga for Serie A.
The 22-year-old, who played a key role in his country’s surge to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil, has endured a difficult time in Munich since signing in 2012, playing second fiddle to the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
His hat-trick in Switzerland’s 3-0 win over Honduras saw his stock rise, with Premier League side Liverpool keen on his signature after the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
If Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri manages to secure Shaqiri’s services then it would be a huge coup for the Serie A champions.
They have already been active this transfer window, swooping for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Manchester United stalwart Patrice Evra as they set about making a serious assault on the Champions League next season.
Shaqiri’s pace and potency would make him a coveted threat, and grouping him together with Morata, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente would be a daunting prospect for the rest of the sides in Serie A and Europe.
The addition of the wing wonder would also sooth the pain felt by Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Arsenal, with the Chilean having been widely mooted with a move to Turin under former manager Antonio Conte only to choose the north London club instead.
In spite of his wealth of experience Shaqiri remains one for the future at just 22, which may yet cause manager Pep Guardiola to reconsider sanctioning his sale.
Robben and Ribery are arguably at the peak of their powers, meaning a dip in form for both players is expected at some point in the foreseeable future.
Along with the capture of Morata the Swiss international would be a shrewd long term investment, and who given a run of games could yet build on the promise shown in his days back in his native homeland.
He has moved to distance himself from rumours linking him with a move away from the Allianz arena, but becoming an integral part of a major footballing superpower may convince him to depart.
Win the race
It would be agonising for Allegri to lose out on a second high profile target to English opposition this summer if Liverpool win the race for his signature.
They have already spent big this summer, but may have to sell one of Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal to Chelsea or Manchester United to ensure they get their man this time around.
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