Xherdan Shaqiri has made a transfer request to Liverpool, according to reports. Not that he’s guaranteed to leave, however.
This comes from Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg. He claims that Xherdan Shaqiri has made a transfer request to Liverpool.
Now, we don’t get the impression this is a ‘formal’ transfer request. Such a request usually means passing up some money or rights in a deal – it’s a messier situation.
But there also doesn’t seem to be much need for that. Shaqiri has asked to leave and Liverpool will grant him that.
They’ll want a fee, though. The price is apparently around £8m – £5m less than they paid in 2018. That’s a bargain price, in our opinion.
However, Liverpool haven’t had any ‘interesting’ offers, nor are they currently negotiating with anyone. Until that happens, Shaqiri is set to remain with the Reds next season.
Shaqiri makes transfer request
We can only imagine clubs have doubts over his injury record because £8m for Shaqiri would be an absolute steal. He’s a fantastic player, just not quite good enough to play regularly at Liverpool.
But that still makes him good enough for nearly every other team on the planet. Will no one really take an £8m chance here?
We’re quite shocked, given Shaqiri shone at Euro 2020 with Switzerland. We came away thinking that Liverpool might benefit from keeping him.
We really thought someone would put a decent offer in, though. Yet it seems Plettenberg is right, purely because Shaqiri is still around.
In fact, he was showing off his quality on Thursday as he brilliantly set up Takumi Minamino for a winner against Bologna. There should be no doubting Shaqiri’s quality.
We’ll just have to wait and see. We can’t believe Shaqiri will stay if his price really is just £8m but maybe we’re just misjudging his worth.
If he does stay, we certainly won’t be disappointed.