Liverpool are leading the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri as they are prepared to take him on a permanent basis rather than on loan, reports The Express.
The Swiss international is out of favour in Germany and is expected to finally leave the club in January after failing to secure a move away in the summer despite the interest shown by Liverpool and Manchester United.
Shaqiri had a superb World Cup in Brazil with Switzerland and was expected to leave Munich after returning from South America, but no deals were formalised and he had to remain in Germany and on the sidelines.
However, with the January transfer window now open, it's expected that the 23-year-old will finally be on his way.
According to numerous reports, Shaqiri is wanted by two Premier League sides (Manchester United and Liverpool), and also two Serie A sides (Juventus and Inter Milan), however, it's Brendan Rodgers who is in pole position to land the Swiss.
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Reports emerged last week that officials from Munich had held secret talks with officials from Juventus and were discussing a potential loan deal in January, before making it a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The loan-move would see Shaqiri off Munich's wage bill and would also see him leave in the Summer, but now, Liverpool are favourites to sign him permanently in January as they are prepared to sign him immediately.
Munich are keen to sell him on a permanent basis as soon as possible, and with Rodgers willing to sign him this month, the German champions are keen to do business with them right away.
It's unknown what price-tag is on Shaqiri's head, but some reports have suggested he could leave for as little as £8 million, despite Juve reportedly wanting at least £16m.
With regards to Shaqiri's future, he has been advised by former-Swiss player, Kubilay Turkyilmaz, to snub a move to Italy in favour for England, but not to join a declining Liverpool.
He said: "England would suit Shaq more. They are less obsessed with tactics there, but a move to Liverpool right now could not be more unsuitable.
"They are in a crisis and cannot really have any ambitions this year. Joining them from Bayern, who expect to win titles every season, would be a culture shock."