€40m Barca deal could see United and Liverpool miss out on two targets

Manchester United and Liverpool are said to want Ivan Rakitic and Xherdan Shaqiri - but they could miss out on both.

Bayern Munich have romped their way to the Bundesliga title - but for some players it is difficult to get the football they crave at the Allianz Arena.

One such player is Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss international is up against the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and more for first-team football - so first-team opportunities are rare.

When he has featured for Bayern Munich this campaign he has impressed. Shaqiri has played just 782 minutes of Bundesliga football this term but has six goals to his name.

Currently he is injured - out with a hamstring problem - and he might just miss the rest of the season.

Meaning he might have played his last game for Bayern.

Premier League teams are obviously being linked with the player - who joined Bayern Munich for €11.6 million from FC Basel in 2012 and is said to now be valued at around €17.5 million - two of which were even mentioned by name by his brother Erdin a couple of months ago:

“We are now waiting for the summer to see what we do. But when clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, Internazionale and other top clubs report to you, then of course we must listen to what they have to offer."

But they of course have rivals - and Sevilla are the latest team linked.

The Spanish outfit can offer him regular football and they are still in with a shout of overhauling Athletic Bilbao in the final Champions League spot.

They are also set to lose one of their main players.

Ivan Rakitic has refused to sign a new deal at Sevilla and he has been one of the best players in La Liga this campaign.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the player - who has a reported release clause of €40 million.

Sevilla are said to see Shaqiri as the perfect replacement for the player - who looks set to move on this summer.

Barcelona are the new favourites to sign the player - as they seek a long-term replacement for the ageing Xavi - and his departure could open the doors to another Premier League target heading elsewhere.

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