£15m Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri wanted by Galatasaray in January

Xherdan Shaqiri

Galatasaray are ready to swoop in for Xherdan Shaqiri after he admitted he might have to leave Bayern Munich in January.

All summer the future of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri was open for debate. The talented attacking midfielder is obviously a player any team in Europe would want to have as part of their squad - but he is currently struggling for first-team football where he is.

Shaqiri is in competition with the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller for first-team football at Bayern Munich.

After impressing at the World Cup once again his name has entered the gossip columns. With first-team opportunities rare for Shaqiri at the Allianz Arena it was generally expected he might be on the move.

In the Premier League the team that has been most heavily linked is Liverpool - despite the similar signings of Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana at Anfield.

It was not just Liverpool said to be keen however. Just this week Manchester United were again linked.

However Shaqiri has constantly played down talk of a move in the press whenever it comes up. Just a couple of months ago he ranted on his own Facebook account about how he simply wanted to be left alone.

That has now changed.

Currently on international duty with his country he has hinted at a Bayern exit, as his first-team opportunities continue to be limited at the Allianz Arena:

"In the summer I said that I would like to have more playing time. I sat down with the club and made my position clear. I accepted staying, but in the winter we need to sit again and look at the situation. The key to performing well is to maintain good contact with the coach and to enjoy his confidence, but it has not always been the case here."

It seems that Shaqiri is not currently working well with Pep Guardiola - leaving the window open for Liverpool to reignite their apparent £15 million interest in the Swiss international this upcoming winter.

But they will have competition. Plenty of Italian teams are said to be keen on the player, but it looks like Cesare Prandelli wants to bring him to Galatasaray.

Countless reports in Turkey are suggesting that Gala will attempt to convince him into a move - with the presence of Swiss international team-mate Blerim Dzemaili a helpful factor in their pursuit of the player.

So if Liverpool are still considering a move for Shaqiri in January, they have plenty of competition.

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