30 minute cameo was goodbye for €20m Liverpool and Tottenham target Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri

Bayern Munich playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri is set to leave the Allianz Arena, finally.

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 likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United were linked.

Shaqiri hinted at a potential exit earlier in the season, stating:

"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 is believed that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the Swiss international and would like to introduce him to the Premier League. Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers is said to be an admirer and would certainly find a use for him in the Liverpool team.

German sides such as Wolfsburg and Schalke have also been linked but the Swiss international has made it clear that he is not going to leave Bayern for another German team, stating it would be a step down.

The Premier League or La Liga seems a likely destination and now it is being reported in his homeland that Bayern are ready to let him go.

Blick report that his recent 30 minute cameo against SC Freiburg, his first action in the Bundesliga since the start of November, was awarded to him as a goodbye to the Allianz Arena.

They report that €20 million will get the player in January, as Bayern finally accept they would be unfair to keep him at the club considering his unhappiness.

So Tottenham and Liverpool, not to mention Manchester United - will want to take advantage of his seemingly confirmed availability.

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