Liverpool fans will be delighted to hear that their long term target Xherdan Shaqiri will be available for transfer in January after the club announced that he is free to leave. The Daily Mail carry the quotes from Bayern Munich’s club president Franz Beckenbauer.
Shaqiri, 23-years-old, began his career at FC Basel and worked his way through the youth academy system before graduating into the club’s Under-21 side. Shaqiri would go on to played 92 league matches for the Basel first team, scoring 18 times and earning a move to Bayern Munich for the 2012/13 campaign. Shaqiri cost €11.6m and was important in his first season in Germany, played 26 Bundesliga fixtures.
Bayern Munich have failed to play the winger enough to keep him happy and now the Swiss international is ready to move on. With just 51 Bundesliga appearances to his name, mostly off the bench, it is clear the number 11 could be better utilised elsewhere. At only 5ft 6 1/2 ins the short wide man has developed a reputation of a clinical, two footed talent who could add something to any team he plays for.
Franz Beckenbauer told German TV: “Bayern have already sent out a signal and indicated to him that he can probably go in the winter break, when he wants, I think it’s a shame because he is a great talent.” Brendan Rodgers have previously said Liverpool aren’t interested in anyone in January but now the 41 capped Switzerland star is available, will the under-pressure manager change his mind?
By Gareth Thomas | November 27th, 2014