Reports suggest Bayern are seeking to sign long-term replacements for two of their stars, so what does that mean for a reported Liverpool target?
At first glance, the Daily Mail report claiming Bayern Munich are interested in Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj appears to affect only one English club. But read a little deeper and it could also affect another.
The report claims the reigning Bundesliga champions are scouring the globe as they seek to find the players who can be long-term replacements for Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
With both players currently 30 years of age, it does not appear a matter of urgency, especially when you consider their continued good form.
But the fact they are getting on a bit, at least in footballing terms, appears to be reason for enough for Bayern’s reported interest in the Belgian-born starlet and any other young attacking midfielders they like the look of.
If the report is true and Pep Guardiola’s side is preparing for a future when Robben and Ribery’s powers begin to wane, it should not be United fans who take an interest. After all, with a contract until 2018 Januzaj is going nowhere anytime soon.
But Liverpool could see it as the ideal opportunity to sign a player who would be a huge success at Anfield – Xherdan Shaqiri.
Now we know his name has been mentioned before, and that despite suggestions he would consider a move to Liverpool he later stressed that he was happy at Bayern – with the caveat that everyone has to listen if a top club comes in. But if Bayern are looking for possible new players to take over when Robben and Ribery depart, what then for Shaqiri?
After all, he is a ready-made replacement – a skillful and effective winger who has scored seven goals and provided four assists this season despite not being first-choice. And yet if his current club are scouting here, there and everywhere for new players who occupy his very position, is he really someone they are intent on pinning their hopes on when two of their biggest stars begin to fade?
He should be, and he may well be, but if Bayern start bringing in new players Shaqiri may feel the time is right to move on. And if Liverpool are prepared to pay what it takes, they could get a player who would form a devastating attacking quintet with Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.