Liverpool have long been linked with a summer swoop for Xherdan Shaqiri, who has found space hard to come by since moving to Bayern Munich two years ago.
The 22-year-old has maintained a fine reputation despite a dearth of minutes at the Allianz Arena, propped up by a series of impressive performances for Switzerland at the World Cup.
Late last month German reports claimed that Liverpool had entered negotiations with Bayern over a £16 million deal, with Shaqiri’s agent flying to England to meet with the Reds.
But as an Anfield switch seemed to be approaching at that time, the situation appears to have changed over the past weeks.
Liverpool clinched the signing Adam Lallana from Southampton for £25 million to bolster their attack, whilst Benfica winger Lazar Markovic has reportedly emerged as a top target.
These developments left questions about whether Brendan Rodgers and company would continue to pursue Shaqiri.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Roma have now opened talks for the Swiss winger as Bayern have placed a £16 million price-tag on him.
Roma’s move, however, doesn’t appear to be one of the ‘hijack’ variety in reference to Liverpool.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has maintained that the Reds were unable to hammer out an agreement with Bayern over Shaqiri. In turn, they’ve turned their attention to Markovic.
It seems to be the case that Liverpool have chosen not to follow up on Shaqiri, possibly because Bayern’s demands exceeded what they’re willing to offer.
Whether Roma are willing to play ball on the German giants’ terms remains to be seen. The capital club have been active on the transfer market with budget deals for Seydou Keita, Salih Ucan and Ashley Cole. They’re yet to truly splash the cash this summer, and may be receptive to going to lengths for Shaqiri as a marquee capture.
As for Liverpool, Markovic looks to have taken centre stage in what’s already been a busy window so far.