Liverpool target, Xherdan Shaqiri, is set to snub a move to the Premier League for Serie A, after reports coming out of Italy suggest Roma have begun negotiations to sign the £15 million Swiss star from Bayern Munich, according to the Daily Star.
Shaqiri has made no secret of wanting to leave the Bundesliga Champions after falling down the pecking order and the Swiss star has attracted plenty of attention following a superb World Cup, most notably from Liverpool.
Reports a few weeks back suggested that Shaqiri's brother, who acts as his agent, was in Liverpool to discuss an official approach by the club, however following the acquisition of Adam Lallana, it appears Brendan Rodgers has cooled his interest in the 22-year old.
Roma closing in
Sky Italia has reported that Roma are prepared to offer Bayern Munich £15 million for the talented winger, who joined the Bavarian giants for around £9 million in 2012 from FC Basel.
Shaqiri, despite being only 22-years of age, will add valuable winning experience to Roma after lifting two Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League with Bayern.
The Serie a runners up have already secured the services of Ashley Cole on a two-year deal, and are reportedly close to bringing former Chelsea team-mate Samuel Eto'o to the Stadio Olimpico, two players that will add quality and experience ahead of their assault on both domestic and European honours.
Cole was a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season and was thought to be considering several high profile offers from the US, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Monaco to mention a few, however it was Roma that will provide Cole the new challenge which includes Champions League football.
The former international, who was on £200,000 a week at Chelsea will be getting £35,000 a week with his new club, however will have the opportunity of boosting that to around £80,000 with bonuses and incentives, a clear indication that money never motivated his move.
Eto'o is also a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season and it is thought Roma officials are keen to secure his services after luring former team-mate Cole to the Stadio Olimpico.
A potential problem that could scupper the deal for Roma officials are the massive wage demands that normally come attached with the African superstar.
For any deal to be done the player will have to be willing to drop his demands to around £3 million a season, a far cry from the £17 million a year he was getting from Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala.
Eto'o enjoyed a trophy-laden spell last time out in Italy, after signing for Inter Milan from Barcelona for €46 million in 2009, where he won the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League in 2010, and scored 53 goals in 101 games.
Quality player Shaqiri
Roma have enjoyed a revival in recent times under Rudi Garcia, finishing second behind Juventus last season and with the return of Champions League football to the Stadio Olimpico, Garcia has been looking to strengthen his squad with European experience which all three players brings in abundance.
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