Arsene Wenger looks set to beat Premier League rival managers Brendan Rodgers, Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino in capturing Bayern Munich starlet Xherdan Shaqiri reports the Daily Star.
Despite strong interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham, the 22-year-old has decided that his future lies in the hands of Arsenal and so is currently in the process of finalising a deal with the club which could see him sign as soon as the first week of January.
The first rumours of a move away from the Allianz Arena arose when news of unhappiness with the Bundesliga champions spread after a lack of game time since the arrival of Pep Guardiola paired with the rise to power of Mario Gotze.
In his lacklustre nine games for Bayern this season, the Swiss international has managed to find the net on just one occasion as opposed to his six goals in less than double that figure of fixtures last season, suggesting that his negative feelings with the club are spilling onto the pitch.
But that hasn't scared off Arsene Wenger who has appeared the quickest to act in signing the hot winger, and if reports are true, the Gunners could welcome another thrilling talent to the Emirates for a fee of £10 million.
But Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool are still circling the 22-year-old and keeping an eye on talks as any fault in the line could see one of their Premier League rivals swiftly snatch the winger off their hands.
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His profile increased furthermore courtesy of a commendable World Cup performance, where a series of goals including a hat trick against Honduras have helped enhance his status.
Should Arsene Wenger meet Shaqiri's reasonable release clause of £10 million, a move to the Emirates will be in touching distance. And while a move to North London still seems the most likely option, do not be surprise to see one of his other possible suitors come in to throw a spanner in the works.