Juventus reject Shaqiri offer - Good news for Liverpool and United?

Swiss Flag

Per the Italian press, Juventus spurned the chance to sign Xherdan Shaqiri.

Xherdan Shaqiri is a player most clubs around Europe would love to have in their ranks.

Juventus are apparently not one of these clubs, however.

According to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, the Bianconeri were offered the Bayern Munich man this week - but passed on the opportunity to secure his services.

The reason? “At the moment Juventus don’t consider Shaqiri a top choice for the role so they turned down the opportunity,” the report reads.

An explanation for the Italian champions’ choice may lie in their other current transfer dealings, however.

Juventus are said to be close to getting Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez’s signature, so may have their attention firmly fixed on the Chilean as their number one target.

But regardless of the Bianconeri’s motivations, this recent development suggests that Shaqiri truly is available - meaning there may be an opportunity here for Liverpool and Manchester United.

Both outfits have been linked with the Swiss international this season as he’s struggled to carve out a place for himself in Pep Guardiola’s star studded side.

And last month Shaqiri’s brother opened the door a Premier League switch, calling United and Liverpool clubs the 22-year-old “must listen” to.

It’s unclear whether Bayern directly offered Shaqiri to Juventus or his agent floated the idea. But the news may be a definitive indicator that an Allianz Arena exit is on the cards.

Liverpool and United could each use a new addition out wide. And whilst Shaqiri has played only 782 minutes of top flight football this term, he’s a top young talent stuck in the shadow of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery that could flourish if given the chance.

Either of the Premier League giants would do well to give him that chance, especially as it seems Shaqiri and the European champions could be ready to part ways.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch