Manchester United and Liverpool have been handed a boost in the race to sign Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri after the club's president revealed that the Swiss international is free to leave the Bundesliga giants, reports the Daily Star.
Shaqiri, at just 23-years-old, looks set to be a top player over the coming years, but has struggled for opportunities under Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena. Despite coming off the bench in his side's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League last night, he's failed to feature on a regular basis in the Bundesliga over the course of the past year or so.
On his way out
And with rumours circulating regarding his long term future at the club, Franz Beckenbauer has indicated that the German outfit won't stand in his way as he looks to leave in the January transfer window.
When speaking to reporters, Beckenbauer said: “Bayern have already given some indications to the lad.
“He can leave Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window.
“Personally, i want players￼ who want to stay here with us, for me if a player doesn’t want to be here then it’s right he go to another club.”
Manchester United & Liverpool boost
These words from Beckenbauer, then, will come as a major boost to Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool, who have both been linked with the player's services in recent time.
In truth, Shaqiri would provide a major boost to both sides if he completed a move to either club in the January transfer window. Manchester United, though, do already have an array of attacking talent at the club, with the likes of Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Co. all plying their trade at Old Trafford.
If Shaqiri was to make the move to Manchester United, then he may have a similar dilemma to the one he's currently enduring in Germany.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have struggled in the forward areas this season, and the signing of the Swiss ace may well be the boost the Merseyside outfit need as they look to improve in the second half of the season.
Brendan Rodgers may well have splashed the cash on the likes of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic this past summer, but the signings have yet to come to fruition for the Anfield club.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool fans will certainly be paying close attention to any developments regarding the winger's future over the coming weeks.