Xherdan Shaqiri remains very-much a Liverpool player despite reports that suggest Seria A outfit Lazio are preparing to swoop for the Switzerland international.
Italian publication Corriere de Sport claim that the 28-year-old is now a prime target following Lazio’s failure to land David Silva from Manchester City.
Shaqiri was restricted to just 11 appearances last season, partly due to injury, but the former Bayern Munich forward has shown no inclination to leave the Reds either publically or privately according to Melissa Reddy of the Independent.
Liverpool have limited options in the forward department and it is certainly the hardest area of the team to improve given their front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are as good as any forward in Europe and require no urgent need of an attacking upgrade.
The club’s failed pursuit to land former RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner proves just as much after a failure to reach an agreement regarding the Chelsea-bound striker’s release clause.
Liverpool have reportedly showcased an interest in Watford’s Ismaila Sarr regarding a potential transfer yet the Senegalese’s reported £40 million price-tag is likely too much for a deal to materialise any time soon.
Selling both Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic could open the door for a potential transfer incoming this summer after it was confirmed by The Mirror that Liverpool are not interested in sending both recently returned stars out on loan again next season.
If Klopp were to sanction deals for Wilson and Grujic it is extremely unlikely he will allow Shaqiri also to leave the club given Liverpool aren’t exactly stocked with options in the absence of their pedigreed front-three.
Shaqiri – who earns £80,000-a-week according to Spotrac – was an able deputy in his inaugural campaign at Anfield in 2018/19 and Klopp will be hopeful that the former Stoke City man will have more of an impact next season.
The Liverpool Echo previously reported that Shaqiri was previously valued at £25m but due to the financial uncertainty caused from to the ongoing global pandemic, it is hard to see that figure being struck.
Rhian Brewster represents another attacking option although it is still unclear as to whether Liverpool will look to loan the 20-year-old out again for the 2020/21 campaign while Harvey Elliott will also be pressing for more minutes in the wide positions as he continues his development.
According to Reddy, sales at Liverpool will continue to design the club’s business model with regards to the shape of the squad.
Kostas Tsimikas’ arrival was effectively paid for following the departure of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg for £10.9m meaning unless another attacking option is brought into the club, Liverpool will not sell Shaqiri.
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