Liverpool and United in £10m 'new Messi' fight


Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for FC Basel's Xherdan Shaqiri, according to The Daily Star.

Shaqiri played an influential role in knocking Sir Alex Ferguson's side out of the Champions League a fortnight ago, and the Scot was reportedly impressed with the Swiss international's display.

The 20-year-old scored a stunning goal against England in Euro 2012 qualifying last year, and has been compared to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Despite his burgeoning reputation, United are plotting a bid of just £10 million, for a player who has also been linked with a switch to Liverpool.

Reports suggest Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has been to watch Shaqiri on several occasions over an 18-month period.

United's options are so stretched that they may make a move in the January transfer window, with midfielders Darren Fletcher, Tom Cleverley and Anderson all out injured.

United and Liverpool are also battling it out for Sao Paulo star Lucas Rodriguez.

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