According to Turkish outlet Fotomac, Galatasaray will open talks regarding a move for Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri – and it is a win-win for all parties involved.
Shaqiri, 28, has been consistently linked with a move away from Anfield following a second season with the Reds that has been plagued by injury. The Mirror recently reported that the Switzerland international was amongst six Liverpool stars who could leave at the end of the season.
The list included Shaqiri alongside the likes of Dejan Lovren, Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Naby Keita and Divock Origi.
Shaqiri made the move to Merseyside from Stoke City in the summer of 2018 and the former Bayern Munich prodigy has since clocked up 40 appearances in all competitions, although he has managed just 10 outings this season – two of them Premier League starts and just one goal.
Liverpool had initially stated an asking price of £18 million for the right-footed winger and now Galatasary are said to be interested in testing Liverpool’s resolve.
The report also states that talks between the two clubs will only begin when the Covid-19 pandemic comes to a conclusion.
It would be a win-win for all parties involved if Liverpool were to receive £18 million for a player they signed for small change from Stoke nearly two years ago.
At 29, Shaqiri is still in the peak years of his career and certainly still has a lot to offer. Liverpool couldn’t risk selling one of their stars to a PL rival so offloading the former Inter Milan forward to Turkey would represent excellent business from FSG and sporting director Michael Edwards.
Shaqiri has shown glimpses of quality during his time at Anfield but a number of injury woes and having to play second-fiddle to Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three has proven a bridge too far for the talented playmaker and it may be the right time for both parties to shake hands and go their separate ways.