After the quick back-to-back exits of Marko Grujic (Porto) and Harry Wilson (Fulham), Liverpool are allegedly looking to return to the market to sell another player, a forward this time.
Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri was brought to Liverpool in 2018 from a relegated Stoke City side. Since his £13.5million move from Staffordshire , Shaqiri has failed to reach his utmost potential in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
In his three seasons of football for Liverpool, he has played 66 times, netted eight goals and provided nine assists. He has also won the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League along the road.
However, it might be time to bid adieu to 'Big Shaq' as Liverpool are in desperate need to sell dead wood in order to raise cash to bolster their current squad.
“I told Liverpool board I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my decision and will now consider bids to sell me. Liverpool won’t stop me this summer”, Shaqiri has revealed in a recent interview. The 29 year old is currently enjoying a short holiday after his impressive EURO 2020 campaign for Switzerland.
“I’d love to come back to Italy, and I’d like to play for Lazio”, he added.
Sevilla and Villareal from La Liga, as well as Napoli and Lazio from Serie A, are heavily interested in the Swiss and Liverpool will be happy to sell him for the right price,
A price of £12million has been placed on his head, a “fantastic deal”, according to Neil Jones from Goal.
James Pearce, one of the top sources for Liverpool transfer news, has reported ”Xherdan Shaqiri likely to be the next outgoing from #LFC. Wants to leave and #LFC won't stand in his way if right offer is tabled. Looking for around £12m. Lazio/Napoli both keen. Liverpool's 12-month option means he's effectively under contract til 2023.”
Goal’s Neil Jones was one of the first to break the news to social media, who had announced that interest for Shaqiri is “expected to ramp up” this week.
Shaqiri’s sale would also mean that a non home-grown spot will open up in the Liverpool squad. This will help massively to accommodate new signings. With rumors of Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez constantly hovering over Liverpool heads, this might come as good news.
Credible Liverpool reporters have been saying for months that Liverpool will end up buying a midfielder and/or an attacker by the end of the window but only after they have raised revenue from selling players.
Shaqiri's sale will take Liverpool's earnings this window to about £42million, if Liverpool's price is met by any of the interested clubs.