Exclusive: Multiple talks held for attacker with ‘speed and ability’; will continue after EUROs

Xherdan Shaqiri is open to a summer exit from Anfield this summer and multiple clubs have approached Liverpool about their valuation of the forward but his wage demands could prove an issue.

When he first joined the club, Jurgen Klopp said that it was a ‘no-brainer to sign a player with ‘speed and ability,’ telling Liverpoolfc.com: “From our perspective, he is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in our system.

“He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also. This is cool.”

Injuries and inconsistent game time have seen him struggle at the club and aside from his first half-season at the club, he’s battled to perform as regularly as he did for Stoke City before they were relegated.

Sources close to Anfield Central now claim that the club has received approaches from a host of interested parties.

We’ve known for some time that Sevilla, Lazio and Roma are interested but now Union Berlin and Stuttgart from the Bundesliga have registered their interest while Fenerbache and Galatasaray have also made it clear they want the player.

Fenerbache have been the most active in their pursuit of the 29-year-old and went so far as to enquire whether or not a €7million bid (roughly £6m) would suffice but the Reds want £15m and are hoping to bide their time, hoping that a strong showing at the EUROs can increase his value.

The ideal scenario would be to recoup as much as £15million but given that Shaqiri will be 30 in October with just two years remaining on his contract, it will take a stellar performance this summer to acquire that kind of revenue from his sale.

Talks are not expected for a couple weeks at least until after Switzerland return from the tournament.

Liverpool signed Shaqiri in 2018 for £13m so there is a chance that Michael Edwards could make a rare loss on a transfer but when all is said and done, Shaqiri’s Champions League semi-final display against Barcelona will help forget a minor loss on his transfer fee.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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