Manchester United & Liverpool target set for talks over future

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Bayern Munich are planning to hold talks with Manchester United and Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri over his future, reports suggest.

According to talkSPORT, the Bavarian giants are aware of his current situation at the club and plan to hold clear-the-air discussions with the player and his representatives at some stage over the next few weeks to decide on his future.

The same source further states that such talks could be crucial to any chance that Manchester United or Liverpool have of bringing him to the Premier League during the summer transfer window.

22-year-old Shaqiri has been with Bundesliga champions Bayern for a little under two years now, having initially arrived at the Allianz Arena from FC Basel during the summer of 2012.

And while the Swiss international playmaker has undoubtedly showcased considerable talent during his relatively short stint in Germany, competition at a club of such daunting stature is inevitably fierce and he has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola.

Despite this, however, transfer interest has been mounting considerably in Shaqiri just recently, with Liverpool having been linked with the player in recent weeks and fierce rivals Manchester United also credited with an interest.

Liverpool's current attacking unit is arguably the envy of the Premier League, with the devastating strike partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez - who are extremely well-supported by a supporting cast that features the likes of Raheem Sterling and club stalwart Steven Gerrard - wreaking havoc at Anfield and guiding Brendan Rodgers' side to second place in the Premier League.

Given that a return to the Champions League now appears a mere formality for Liverpool, one would expect Rodgers to be in the market for a variety of reinforcements this summer in order to improve squad depth. Shaqiri - rated at around £15 million - would certainly be an impressive purchase in that regard.

Manchester United, meanwhile, completed the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea during the January transfer window yet the Spaniard has yet to really make a discernible impact at Old Trafford as David Moyes seems to insist on deploying him in a slightly wider role - a position in which he clearly wasn't content in occupying under Jose Mourinho.

While it well could be argued by fans that defensive improvements as well as a stronger, more robust presence in the centre of midfield should be Moyes' priority at the end of the season, Shaqiri is an impressive talent who - if he were to be signed by Manchester United - would surely not disappoint.

Both English clubs will presumably be hoping for the same outcome from Bayern's showdown talks with Shaqiri.

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