United monitoring £15m Barca target - reports

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Manchester United have reportedly been keeping tabs on Swiss youngster Xherdan Shaqiri, although Basel maintain they have no intention of selling their prized asset.

According to talkSPORT, the Barclays Premier League champions have been monitoring the £15 million-rated 19-year-old - along with Barcelona - but Basel are confident of retaining Shaqiri.

The versatile midfielder impressed during this summer's under-21 European Championships where, it is claimed, he was watched by around 20 scouts.

United are understood to have had representatives at the tournament, in which Old Trafford quartet Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and David De Gea were international duty.


Shaqiri, meanwhile, will have an opportunity to prove his worth to Sir Alex Ferguson after the Red Devils were pitted against Basel in the group stages of this season's Champions League.

The first encounter between the two takes place at Old Trafford on September 27.

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