With few clubs in the market for seldom-used Bayern Munich attacker, could Xherdan Shaqiri prove to be a bargain buy for Tottenham Hotspur?
Fringe Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri had been perpetually linked with a move to Liverpool throughout the summer, as Brendan Rodgers looked to revamp his Reds squad following the influx of money from the Luis Suarez sale.
The Swiss sensation, dubbed the Lionel Messi of the Alps, remained at the Allianz Arena, though. This, despite lighting up the World Cup with a collection of superb individual displays in Brazil.
With the rumour mill beginning to pick up speed once more as the reopening of the transfer window is just two months away, Shaqiri, 23, is again associated with a move to the Premier League – albeit to Tottenham Hotspur, rather than Liverpool.
Considering the bit-part status Shaqiri has long had in Bavaria, could Spurs benefit from the addition of a legitimate elite-level player who could genuinely be available for purchase?
The acquisition of creative attacker, who has a market valuation of £17.6 million, could end up boosting Spurs in a manner not seen since the bargain recruitment of Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart – who signed from Real Madrid in an £8 million deal in 2010 and returned 28 goals from 78 games in all competitions in just two seasons.
Shaqiri has the capability to not only tally an exceptional number of goals from midfield, but provide a great supply of key passes that would see the Lilywhite goalscorers thrive.
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Shaqiri may be unable to break into the Bayern team on a consistent basis, but when made the focal piece of a side, he excels – as he demonstrated for Switzerland earlier in the year due to his supply of 17 goal-scoring opportunities (key passes) from just four outings.
Tuttomercatoweb intimated that Spurs may not be the only club whose interest has been piqued by Shaqiri’s potential availability, as Juventus are also monitoring the situation.
However, if Mauricio Pochettino can sign a player who has the potential to win games by himself – similar to the effect Alexis Sanchez has had for Tottenham’s local rivals Arsenal this season – then surely it would be money well spent, no matter what the cost.