Liverpool scouts dispatched - United teen winger challenge expected

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Liverpool face competition from Manchester United in the race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to reports.

The 19-year-old wing wizard is tipped to be one of the stars of the European U21s Championships this summer, with the Swiss starlet one of the main attractions at the tournament in Denmark.

Representatives of the player are aware that the he is being monitored by scouts, with Blick reporting that members of the Manchester United hierarchy ran the rule over Shaqiri in the international match against England at Wembley last Saturday.

Click Manchester now claim that Liverpool will be sending scouts to watch the teenager in the European Championships, with Kenny Dalglish interested in bringing the player to Anfield this summer.

An official move is not expected until after the competition, but the Reds have been linked with the player for some time now, with Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli a known admirer of the player.


It was mooted that the Merseysiders were considering a move in January, and after appearing to fail in their quests for a winger so far this summer, attentions could well return to Shaqiri. The youngster would continue the policy of bringing young players to Liverpool following the signing of Jordan Henderson earlier in the week.

Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to pass up the player easily though, given that Manchester United have shown such an interest in the player. Aston Villa are also said to be interested, although their current managerial situation means they are unlikely to make a move.

Manchester United have the funds at their disposal should they wish to make a move, although Basel are yet to reveal a fee that they would want for the player.

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