Xherdan Shaqiri subject of £14.2m Liverpool offer

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Xherdan Shaqiri has been the subject of a transfer bid from Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool, recent speculation suggests.

According to reports from Swiss publication Blick cited by Metro, the Reds have launched an offer worth approximately £14.2 million for the Bayern Munich playmaker, who is additionally said to be eager to make the move to Anfield.

Swiss international Shaqiri's future appears to have been subject to frequent speculation for many months now, with the 22-year-old - who impressed at the 2014 World Cup and notched a hat-trick in the group stages against Honduras - struggling to nail down a starting berth at the Allianz Arena.

Shaqiri - who joined Bayern from Swiss Super League champions FC Basel in 2012 - made only 17 appearances in the Bundesliga under Pep Guardiola last season and is presumably keen to seek more regular first-team football elsewhere despite having picked up yet another winners' medal.

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Liverpool have long been mentioned as a potential suitor for Shaqiri, a persistent rumour that has only intensified in frequency since Luis Suarez departed Anfield to join Barcelona in a £75 million deal earlier this month.

While not a striker, Shaqiri would unquestionably boost Liverpool's attacking potency, although his signing would presumably lead to questions as to how manager Brendan Rodgers will fit him in alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho as well as fellow new signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.

If Liverpool were to complete a deal for Shaqiri at that price, the club's total spending for the summer would continue to creep upwards toward the £80 million mark, particularly if recent rumours that the club are set to complete a deal for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren this weekend prove to be entirely accurate.

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Juventus interest

It is important to remember that Rodgers is not the only manager who evidently views Shaqiri as an enticing prospect, however, with dominant Serie A champions Juventus having also been heavily linked with the player over recent weeks.

Juve - who appointed former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri to succeed Antonio Conte last week - already possess one of European football's most talented midfields but with both Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba attracting attention from around the continent, it is certainly feasible that the Turin-based giants could see Shaqiri as an exciting replacement for one of that aforementioned pair. 

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