The rumours surrounding Bayern Munich midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri are intensifying daily and The Daily Star has recently reported that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all involved in the chase for the Swiss playmaker.
Shaqiri has been rumoured to be eyeing a move out of the Allianz Arena despite featuring several times for the Pep Guardiola side early last season. For all his troubles, he has not been able to establish himself as a first choice at Bayern Munich as he has continued to play second fiddle to the duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Despite the club declaring him surplus to requirements early this year, the midfielder has vowed to play to the best of his ability for the German champions.
In his predicaments, Italian outfit Juventus and Roma have both signalled interest but Bayern later made public their desire to retain the Swiss services and they further underlined their seriousness when they rejected Liverpool’s £12m bid around June this year.
Shaqiri has won two Bundesliga laurels, a Champions League trophy and two DFB- Pokals since he moved to the German giants and it appears that he is currently considering a contract extension with his employers. While fielding questions from journalists, Shaqiri was quoted to have said:
‘Liverpool made a bid for me before the World Cup but Bayern put their feet down and told me’ we are not going to sell you. My contract runs until 2016 and I could possibly extend it. I will consider my decision during the winter break. I try to do my best in training and when the coach rewards me with appearances, like against Hannover, then that is even better. I am always delighted when I can start games and I show that too, like I did this time. I think everybody could see how hungry I am to play football.’
The midfielder appears to be focusing on the upcoming clash where his country will be hosting England in Basel and he added that “I expect England to come over with a lot of young players who aren’t so well known. They will want to repair the damage after not doing so well at the World cup finals. They will come over to Switzerland looking to win but we will play our normal game and we will be going for victory too” said the Swiss.
Despite all these claims, several sources in Germany have insisted that even if Bayern are not going to out-rightly offload Shaqiri, a loan deal might be on the offer. Tottenham are reported to be interested in the prospect of have him on a temporary basis at first with the option of a temporary deal if he impresses. Bayern Munich however know that if their player moves to North London, the probability of him impressing at the White Hart Lane is huge and at his age, Tottenham will be willing to offer him a long term contract provided they can have him on trial basis for now. So the ball is in Bayern’s court. They could take their chances on the midfielder and ship him off to London or keep him at the Allianz Arena as a future option.