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A shock move for Shaqiri?

Xherdan Shaqiri

Since the arrival of Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri has appeared to be surplus to requirements at Anfield. However, speculation only came to the fore after the Swiss international was left out of the match-day squad for the recent Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal.

Previously, Lazio and Sevilla were known to be interested in the winger but after Suso’s loan move from Milan was made permanent, Sevilla are unlikely to still be interested. With two clubs rumoured to have enquired about Shaqiri, it remains to be seen whether a destination can be found for the 28-year-old before the fast-approaching transfer deadline on 5th October.

Lazio could still be interested as they appear to lack a first-choice right-winger. However, Simone Inzaghi is known for his 3-5-2 system. It is difficult to see where Shaqiri would fit into the side in this formation but the Swiss international would provide the option for Inzaghi to change to a more offensive 4-2-3-1, pushing Manuel Lazzari to right-back, Joaquin Correra to the left-wing and Shaqiri coming on in the right-wing position. If a transfer to the Italian capital could be agreed, Shaqiri may have to accept a rotational squad role although this would still surely provide more game time than he has received in Merseyside.

Yet another previous potential destination was Leicester City, who were known to be in the market for a right midfielder although Cengiz Under has since arrived to fill that position for the current season at least.

Liverpool are said to be looking for a fee in the region of £20m yet our calculations estimate Shaqiri’s value to be £45.49m. This reveals how drastically the player’s stock has fallen at club level since bursting onto the scene at Basel and dominating German football with Bayern Munich. Our valuation is based almost entirely on Shaqiri’s international career with Switzerland. As Liverpool are known to be looking to offload the player, any potential transfer would be expected to be agreed around the £15m mark as the Premier League champions attempt to make a small profit on the £13.23m paid to Stoke to acquire Shaqiri.

One controversial destination could be Manchester United. Despite United’s continued pursuit of Jadon Sancho, any deal looks extremely unlikely and a move for their back-up option, Ousmane Dembele still hasn’t been agreed. Again, United are known to be in the market for a right-winger but the continued issues in both potential deals mean that the Red Devils may be unable to push either through on deadline day. This may lead to a traditional last-minute deadline day deal and with Shaqiri known to be on the market and already located in the North West, a move for Shaqiri could be very quick to put together. The major stumbling block is the fierce rivalry between the two clubs and if this deal was to happen, Shaqiri would become the first player to move from Liverpool to Manchester United since Allenby Chilton in 1938. With the drama and pressure of transfer deadline day though, anything can happen.

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