Serie A giants Juventus are set to launch a bid to sign out-of-favour Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according Goal.com.
The Old Lady are currently in the midst of a battle for the league title with Rudi Garcia’s Roma, and may look to bolster the squad in order to enhance their chances of winning the Scudetto for a fourth season in succession.
Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the Swiss star, but may miss out with the Italian side’s guarantee of Champions League football expected to see the pendulum swing their way.
Despite spending the vast majority of his time in Bavaria residing on the substitutes bench and amongst the reserves, Shaqiri is one of the most promising starlets on the planet and could help the Old Lady fend off Roma in the race for the title.
After three successful years in his homeland with FC Basel, he was signed by manager Jupp Heynckes in the summer of 2012 and helped Bayern win the European crown in his first season at the club.
However, after making 39 appearances that term, this figure dropped drastically last season, with the 23-year-old appearing just 26 times and scoring seven goals along the way as they waltzed to the Bundesliga crown in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season at the Allianz Arena.
This season he has played in just nine of the club’s 17 matches to date, and he may be on the move in January in order to nail down a starting berth elsewhere.
Part of the problem why Shaqiri’s time at Bayern has been problematic is the sheer competition for places, with Guardiola’s men possessing arguably the strongest squad on the planet.
Despite the years continuing to roll by, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery remain the first-choices on the wings and continue to churn out performances of consistency and substance on a regular basis.
His position at Munich could become even more fragile if they are successful in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, with Raheem Sterling being eyed as an alternative if he opts to move to La Liga giants Real Madrid instead.
The Bianconeri spoke recently of their wish to sign a top quality forward, and Shaqiri would fit the bill after becoming disillusioned with life at the Bundesliga champions.
Any potential deal could see him join initially on loan, before then signing on a permanent basis in the summer if he proves his worth.
Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have been in fine form this term, but summer signing Alvaro Morata has taken his time to adjust to his new surroundings following his move from Madrid in the summer and the club cannot afford any passengers if they are to win an unprecedented 33rd Scudetto.