Juventus enter race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri

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Juventus are set to blow the race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri wide open by throwing their hat into the ring for his services, according to the Express.

The Swiss star has become a peripheral figure at Bayern Munich, and has made just starts in the Bundesliga for Pep Guardiola's side. That's despite the fact he was given assurances that he would get game time if he stayed put over the summer.

Then, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for the former Basel ace but failed to get their man, and now the rumours have started once more ahead of the January transfer window. However they won't have it all their own way with Manchester United said to be in the hunt, and now Juventus are too.

The Italian giants are in need of a shot in the arm having fallen short in Europe so far this season, although they are three points clear at the top of Serie A. According to the Express, boss Massimiliano Allegri has grown frustrated with his squad and wants to inject some fresh blood. 

The spells trouble for both Manchester United and Liverpool, who may well test Bayern's resolve to keep hold of their man. Shaqiri himself has admitted he is eager to get more on-field action, and could leave the Allianz Arena to do just that.

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"I want to play more. I wanted to go during the summer, but Bayern made their decision and I had to accept it."I thought that after the World Cup it would have been better for me to try something new," he said.

"I thought I was moving and there were several offers for me, but Bayern decided I had to stay and I couldn't do anything else. Everyone knows I want to play more. I want to talk to Bayern. I feel that I will never be a starter, even if I assist in every game."

Manchester United spent £150 million on six new players over the summer including a host of attacking players, so whether there is room for him at Old Trafford remains to be seen. Liverpool also spent big following the departure of Luis Suarez and bought in the likes of Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotello to bolster their front line. However very few of their new attacking players have taken to life at Anfield yet and Brendan Rodgers may be tempted back into the market.

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