Liverpool have likely rejected an offer from Lyon for outcast winger Xherdan Shaqiri as the Ligue 1 side’s bid could be worth around half the Reds’ asking price, according to L’Equipe.
Peter Bosz is working to make some late window additions at the Groupama Stadium after taking charge in May. The former Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen boss has so far only acquired two players since joining Les Gones.
That includes 33-year-old centre-half Damien Da Silva and 27-year-old left-back Henrique. Bosz now hopes to improve Lyon’s creativity with a move to sign Shaqiri from Liverpool after opening the new campaign with a 1-1 draw with Brest, who finished last term in 17th.
But Liverpool likely snubbed Lyon’s pursuit of Shaqiri. L’Equipe do not claim how much the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes outfit offered, but note an expected value of €5-7m (£4.5-6m). Yet Jurgen Klopp’s Merseysiders have put a £12.75m price tag on the Swiss, per Sky Sports.
L’Equipe add Lyon are unlikely to rise to that value as they also have concerns over his age and salary. Shaqiri would hold a low resale value as he turns 30 in October and is unlikely to accept a heavy pay cut. Lyon would simply not match his £80,000-per-week Reds deal.
Les Gones chiefs would have to be creative to justify spending so much on the former Stoke City forward. It also remains to be seen if Shaqiri urges Liverpool to accept Lyon’s bid after speaking with the French giants.
Liverpool want Shaqiri sold and winger wants to leave, amid Lyon interest
Klopp is desperate to sell Shaqiri this summer, despite Liverpool likely rejecting Lyon’s approach. Sky Sports report the Reds are adamant the Swiss has no future on Merseyside and want to cash in amid interest from Sevilla, Napoli and Villarreal.
Shaqiri also wants to leave Anfield, with The Athletic noting he has told Liverpool of his longing for pastures new. The 96-cap international only featured for 551 minutes over 14 Premier League appearances, starting just five, last season.
He also only opened one Champions League tie and made four further substitute outings as Liverpool reached the quarter-finals. Playing just 17 minutes over two-legs versus Real Madrid and 18 minutes in the Last 16 against RB Leipzig.