Rumour has it that the Gunners are ready to make a £15 million bid for Shaqiri. Will Munich accept it? Markus Hanfler expects not.
Built like a bear and runs like a deer. Admiration towards him is widespread and that is why Xherdan Shaqiri is quite likely not leaving Bavaria to play somewhere else.
However rumour has it that Arsenal is preparing a £12.7-£15 bid and that manager Brendan Rodgers from Liverpool was at the Manchester City-Bayern Munich clash this week just to see the Swiss international. Could the rumour come true anytime soon?
He is 5 foot 6.5 inches and weighs 158.7 pounds but it looks much more. He is built like a small NFL running back. A similarity to Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back Doug Martin or to Jacksonville Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew can’t be denied. Martin’s nickname is muscle hamster. Jones-Drew is called pocket Hercules. Both names should also be used to mention Xherdan Shaqiri, Bayern Munich’s strong winger with great dribbling skills.
Shaqiri has no assured place in Bayern Munich’s staring line-up. But who really has that besides goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Philipp Lahm and a healthy vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in Pep Guardiola's ever changing line-up? Sometimes Shaqiri takes the pitch with the starting line-up but usually will experience playing time as a substitute. However that could change as the 21-year-old winger has a lot of potential. He has recorded 10 goals in 47 appearances.
One could assume that Munich’s general management admire Shaqiri in the same way their fans do and that’s probably right.
Two month ago Bundesliga’s FC Schalke were looking for a replacement winger and general manager Horst Heldt reportedly called the defending Champions League winners: “I confronted Matthias Sammer with Shaqiri but (was told) that was off-topic”, Heldt said to German football magazine kicker.
Why should Munich’s management change their opinion about Xherdan Shaqiri now or in the near future?
Sure if Bayern Munich got an offer they can’t refuse. But the wealthiest club in the Bundesliga is not looking for any money.
If Xherdan Shaqiri thinks he can’t establish him and finds himself on the bench too often he could ask management for a transfer. But Shaqiri just got there last year. A little too early to call off it quits on his dream move.
It would be compelling to see Munich’s muscle hamster play in the Premier League play. However this big move most likely won’t come true any time soon.
Do you think Xherdan Shaqiri will leave Bayern Munich? Would he be a great addition to either Arsenal or Liverpool?
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