Manchester United must be sick of the sight of Bayern Munich at present. Not only do they have Pep Guardiola in charge, the man who defeated them in two Champions League finals, but they have beaten them to the signing of Thiago Alcantara.
If they could bear to go cap in hand, United would do well to ask the Champions League winners for one of their most talented prospects, Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Swiss international made just 13 Bundesliga starts in his first full season since signing from Basel, and the summer signing of Thiago places a further cloud over his prospects next season.
So much so that Liverpool have been linked with making a permanent offer for the midfielder. The Metro claim that Bayern are interested in loaning him, but Brendan Rodgers prefers an outright transfer.
If they can pull off either a loan or permanent transfer, it will be an outstanding deal, and one which will make Liverpool the envy of their Premier League rivals Manchester United. Shaqiri is set to hold talks with Guardiola over his future at the end of this week, which could give his suitors the green light.
Xherdan Shaqiri is a player United know well, after he led his Basel side to a win over the Red Devils in Switzerland which knocked them out of the Champions League group stages in 2010/11.
Even in his 13 starts last season and 13 substitute appearances, he did manage four goals in the Bundesliga and five assists, with one goal and two assists in one Champions League start and five showings from the bench.
It was clear there is an exciting player deserving of first team football, but with Toni Kroos, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Thiago competing for midfield positions, with Mario Gotze, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller capable of playing out wide or in the hole - Shaqiri's favoured positions, competition is fierce and each of the above players are more established.
Would he get more first team football at Liverpool? You would imagine that would be a certainty, although the way Nuri Sahin's spell panned out last season, nothing can be taken for granted.
But if a deal can be struck to bring him to Anfield, it could be a significant one. Shaqiri could revel in the responsibility he would receive, and arguably get greater chances there than he even would at Old Trafford.
If Liverpool were to secure a deal, he certainly would not be a midfield opponent Michael Carrick and co. would relish facing again, indeed they would surely rather he was on their team instead.
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