Liverpool set asking worth of under £8.5m for Xherdan Shaqiri
Liverpool supporters won’t be happy to read that the club are ready to part ways with Xherdan Shaqiri for less than £ 10m (£ 8.5m) this summer, Florian Plettenberg said.
Plettenberg, a reporter for German publication SPORT1, reiterated that the attacking midfielder has “permission” to leave the Reds while Shaqiri seeks more regular football in the first team.
Jurgen Klopp’s side welcomed Shaqiri in the summer of 2018 after triggering the £ 13m release clause on his Stoke deal, according to BBC Sport, but he’s been going through a difficult time on Merseyside.
This update comes as Shaqiri has already stated that Liverpool won’t stand in their way in their search for a new club, with the ace expressly welcoming a move to Lazio.
Plettenberg adds that the 29-year-old can “imagine” a return to the Bundesliga. Shaqiri spent three years with the German front-runners Bayern Munich after his breakthrough in Basel.
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Transfer update #Shaqiri: He has permission to leave #LFC. The price tag: under € 10 million! He can also imagine returning to the Bundesliga. But no concrete discussions yet. @ SPORT1
– Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 27, 2021
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Shaqiri has only played 63 games in his three years at Liverpool, with the Swiss star plagued by constant injury problems and also stuck behind world-class attackers and midfielders.
However, that didn’t stop the playmaker from impressing at this summer’s European Championship. Shaqiri scored and assisted three times as Switzerland reached the quarter-finals.
Given Shaqiri’s brilliant performances at Euro 2020, it’s surprising to see that the Liverpool hierarchy doesn’t want to charge the attacker a higher fee.
Perhaps the relatively low price of the Anfield outfit is due to the fact that Shaqiri has been in the last two years of his contract, his injury issues and the small role he’s played since joining the Reds.
Shaqiri only started in seven of his 22 games for Liverpool last season, scoring once and providing four assists.
It doesn’t look like the gifted playmaker will ever become a key player for the Reds as he barely played a role (other than two cameos) as the Reds saved their season with brilliant form in the run-up to the top.