Manchester United & Liverpool target would consider 'major club'

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Manchester United and Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri appears to have offered a rather mixed message over his future.

In an interview with Sport1 that was quoted by, the Swiss playmaker demonstrated an obvious commitment to current club Bayern Munich but also appeared to admit that he - like any player - would have to consider a move if a major club were to come in for his services.

"I never said that I want to leave Bayern Munich," he said.

"I am feeling very well here and I am not thinking about leaving. My brother just gave his opinion, although he was also slightly misquoted. Of course, if a major club were to make a move, you consider it, any player would do the same."

Just whether Shaqiri considers Premier League Manchester United and Liverpool - who have both been credited with an interest in the player - as examples of such 'major' clubs remains to be seen and would, presumably, have an enormous impact on their chances of enticing him to England.

The 22-year-old joined reigning Bundesliga and European champions Bayern from FC Basel in 2012 and has impressed in short bursts at the Allianz Arena, without quite ever managing to hold down a consistent starting berth amid fierce competition from a multitude of talented teammates.

The Switzerland international - who has earned 30 senior international caps in his career to date - has featured on 15 occasions in the Bundesliga so far this season, netting five goals and providing one assists.

Shaqiri, rated at least the £15 million mark, came on as a 72nd minute substitute for Pep Guardiola's side during their 2-0 win over Mainz on Saturday - a result that now could see them crowned champions once again with a victory over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday.

Liverpool, meanwhile, also harbour title ambitions of their own. Still sitting second in the Premier League - with a crucial game in hand over leaders Chelsea - following Saturday's eventful 6-3 drubbing of relegation-threatened Cardiff, Brendan Rodgers' side appear to be on course for a return to the promised land of the Champions League and the manager, as such, will presumably be eager to ensure he is able to strengthen his squad at Anfield sufficiently this summer.

Manchester United have been left trailing in the wake of all of their rivals this season, with the club entering a somewhat tricky period of transition after the departure of club stalwart Sir Alex Ferguson from the Old Trafford dugout.

Although successor David Moyes has certainly struggled to prove that his talents merit such a lofty and reputable position, the Scot is expected to be given significant funds with which to strengthen his squad during the next transfer window.

A player of Shaqiri's style could be exactly what Manchester United require.

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