Liverpool won’t get what they want for any Xherdan Shaqiri sale, according to reports. The Swiss winger will surely leave the club before long.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato believes there are three teams in the running for Shaqiri – Roma, CSKA Moscow and Sevilla. This isn’t the first report to name all three and Roma links, in particular, date back to January.
But things are difficult right now as no one knows when football will return or when the transfer window will be. Financial difficulty, too, means this one is complicated.
So Calcio Mercato believe that Liverpool will get ‘well below’ the £28m they want. The Liverpool Echo mentioned that figure in late March and it does seem very high now.
But Shaqiri, too, may struggle to get what he wants. He apparently earns around £5.2m per year – a figure Roma can’t match in the current climate.
Perhaps Sevilla or CSKA Moscow can but Roma still want to get this done. They just need both Liverpool and Shaqiri to reduce their demands.
What RTK has to say
It all sounds about right. Both figures – the price and the wages – look too high for the current climate and what this deal is.
At the end of the day, Liverpool don’t actually need Shaqiri and any sale is for the player’s benefit. He’s only started two games this season, meaning the club can survive without him but, most importantly, the 28-year-old needs a move.
And in the current economic climate, you simply can’t demand very high figures. £28m for Shaqiri is a high figure and £5m per year is, too, for what you’re getting.
Roma may be pushing their luck in asking club and player to drop their demands. But right now, it’s a tactic that will probably pay off.