The race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri is most definitely on for rival Premier League clubs Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur as they both look to bolster their opportunities of Champions League football next season, reports The Mirror.
Still at the ripe age of 23, Shaqiri is a member of Bayern Munich's all-conquering side and, since joining the German giants from his club of origination, Basel in 2012, he has scored 10 goals in 50 appearances. However, he has spent the majority of his time under Pep Guardiola as a squad player.
His days at Basel were very bright and he was a key element of the squad that heroically knocked out European giants Manchester United from the Champions League.
His career in his home nation began in 2009 after breaking through the youth development side. In his three-year spell at Basel, the 23-year-old fell just short of a century of appearances, scoring a mere 18 goals for the club.
But due to his impressive and noticeable talent, he was introduced to first team international football for Switzerland in 2010 after working his way up through the age groups. Since making his first team international debut, he has scored 13 goals in 40 appearances.
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Included in those caps and goals are creditable World Cup games. The Bayern Munich winger scored a magnificent hat-trick in Brazil against Honduras, securing their place in the final 16 round where they lost to runners-up Argentina.
Swiss international players are becoming that of real interest from Premier League clubs. Stephan Lichtsteiner has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates while Fabian Schar has been also catching the eye of Wenger.
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Now it is Shaqiri's turn to attract interest from big Premier League clubs with Liverpool and Spurs prepared to lock horns for the 23-year-old.
However, the Reds may lose their focus for the winger as they will concentrate on capturing either Marco Reus or Pedro. Meanwhile, Spurs are looking to increase the chances of European football next season with yet another shot at Champions League football.
It is expected that the clubs will have to table an amount of £8 million to trigger an accepted bid from Bayern to open talks with Shaqiri, but at this moment in time, Tottenham look clear favorites to land the Swiss international despite interest from Roma and fellow Bundesliga side Schalke.