Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has handed Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool a golden January transfer opportunity, after deciding that he'll sanction the sale of Swiss international winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool had a €20m offer for the 23-year-old knocked back last summer, with Guardiola deciding that despite formidable competition in the form of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery the talented speed demon still had a place in his first-team plans.
Shaqiri has been unable to take the momentum of a strong World Cup back to the Bundesliga though, with Guardiola reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with a player who has failed to take his ideas on board and has been placed on the transfer list as a result.
Shaqiri deemed 'not clever enough'
Bild believe that Guardiola has reached a damning verdict on Shaqiri, he lacks the tactical nous to become a consistent starter in a Bayern side where there is virtually no margin for error.
Shaqiri's peripheral role for Bayern so far this season appears to fall in line with Guardiola's assessment, with the promising talent restricted to just three Bundesliga starts and 42 minutes of Champions League action.
Premier League move looks very likely
Despite strong interest from Juventus the frustrated Bayern star looks all set for a January move to the Premier League, with his all-action style perfectly suited to English football.
Liverpool in particular will surely give serious consideration to reviving their summer interest in a player that fits the mould of a Brendan Rodgers' signing, despite already spending on advanced attacking options in the same position such as Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.
Manchester United meanwhile will not enter the January transfer market unless they believe there is a chance to do a deal for a long-term target, although with a reported price tag of around €20m back on Shaqiri's shoulders a move may prove too enticing to turn down.
Double North London interest is new
Bild's view that Arsenal are genuine contenders for Shaqiri's signature is something of a surprise, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already vying to start in his preferred position on the right wing.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has the funds to sanction a January offer though, but Arsenal would surely have to offload either Joel Campbell or Lukas Podolski before considering a concrete offer.
Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile have been tracking Shaqiri for some considerable time and could at least offer him something that's never been attainable at Bayern, top billing at a club with European aspirations.
Today's report has laid the foundations for the biggest transfer tussle of the January window, but it remains to be seen just who will take advantage of Guardiola's u-turn on a player with serious potential.