Liverpool closing in on deal for Bayern Munich midfielder

Xherdan Shaqiri

A Swiss news outlet claims Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal to bring Bayern Munich and Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield.

Liverpool’s busy summer of recruitment looks set to continue apace amid reports indicating that the Reds are close to securing the signature of Xherdan Shaqiri.

According to a report from Swiss site 20 Minuten, the Bayern Munich man is all set for a Premier League switch having seemingly grown frustrated at a lack of playing time with the Bavarians last season.

Signed by Bayern from FC Basel back in February 2012 for a reported fee of €11.6 million, the 22-year-old winger has so far failed to dislodge either Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben in the Bundesliga giant’s starting eleven.

Pep Guardiola used the youngster sparingly last term, playing 17 times in the league and just three times in the Champions League as part of a campaign that has seen him rack up just 782 minutes of game time, mostly as a substitute.

But while the promising attacking player has impressed during these brief cameo appearances and is certainly considered to be part of Bayern Munich’s long-term plans, it would appear that Shaqiri is keen to move to a club where he will enjoy more regular game time.

Liverpool could therefore be the ideal destination for the midfielder with manager Brendan Rodgers keen to bring in more quality attacking players to help alleviate the pressure on the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.

And with Liverpool set to battle it out for the Premier League title again as well as making their return to the Champions League, a move to the Reds would not represent a step down for Shaqiri.

The Merseysiders target offered Premier League fans a glimpse of what to expect this week after scoring in Switzerland’s 2-0 friendly win over Peru.

Rodgers’ acquisition of Shaqiri would be the second big transfer in a matter of days for Liverpool, following the purchase of Southampton striker Ricky Lambert for £4 million.

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