Bayern Munich will allow top Manchester United target Xherdan Shaqiri to move to Old Trafford in January, but only if Louis van Gaal consents to sending new arrival Ander Herrera the other way.
According to the Daily Express the reigning Bundesliga champions are keen to strengthen in the winter transfer window, and the blow suffered by captain Philipp Lahm in training yesterday, which will see him out for at least three months, has only further clarified Pep Guardiola’s intentions regarding the capture of a central midfielder.
It’s said that the former Barcelona boss is keen to partner Herrera with Xabi Alonso in the middle of the park, and in exchange he’s willing to offer United the services of the highly-rated Shaqiri, who continues to toil to no avail in the attacking third.
The Switzerland international was initially tipped to leave Germany in the summer, but it seemed as though his future in Bavaria was made more concrete by Guardiola’s reluctance to offload him.
Now though, with the 23-year-old having been kept as a backup, his position in Bayern’s plans has been all but solidified, and it’s believed the chance to bring in Herrera is seen as too good to pass up by his manager. If that’s the case then Shaqiri could be making a name for himself in the Premier League within a few months, with Van Gaal benefitting.
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Liverpool are also known to be interested in the young forward, but if Bayern are seeking a player in return as part of the deal then they might struggle to compete. In contrast it would seem United hold the trump card in Herrera, even if the Spaniard only moved to Old Trafford this summer.
Herrera at United
After several attempts to sign him the Red Devils finally got their man virtue of a £28.5 million deal from Athletic Bilbao, and a £90,000-a-week contract is supposed to keep him at the club for the long-term future.
However, recent speculation has inferred that the 25-year-old hasn’t settled as well as he might have hoped in England, and after recovering from an early seasonal injury he’s found his way to the starting XI largely blocked by Marouane Fellaini.