Xherdan Shaqiri is ‘very close’ to joining Lyon, according to reports. Liverpool are set to settle for a small fee, however.
This comes from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. He claims Xherdan Shaqiri is ‘very close’ to joining Lyon permanently.
The interesting part of this is the fee, however. Lyon hope to get this done for just £5m, while Liverpool are holding out for £6.5m.
It’s a tiny difference but we’re surprised the club is willing to do business that low. Sky Sports reported just last week that Liverpool’s asking price was £12.75m.
To suffer a 50% drop is quite something and it does raise questions. Are Liverpool desperate to sell? Was this really the best offer going?
The latter is sort of believable, given Shaqiri’s injury concerns. Money is tight as it is, making risky transfers difficult for most clubs.
You can’t spend all of your money on a player and then have them suffer injury issues all season. That, unfortunately, is a real concern with Shaqiri.
But we thought there might be better interest in the 30-year-old after his Euro 2020 performances. Shaqiri was fantastic for Switzerland – enough that he looked like a fine option for Liverpool.
Instead, the Reds will move him on for peanuts. We can only imagine there’s a desperate need to free up space in the squad.
Hopefully, that’s because a replacement is on the way. It might just be a case of wanting to get whatever money they can for Shaqiri while they can, though.
If there isn’t much intention to use him this season, after all, his price will plummet. This might simply be a last-gasp opportunity to cash in.
We’ll hold out hope it’s about an incoming transfer, though. Liverpool are right at their foreign player limit, forcing them to sell before buying.
And in moving Shaqiri, the Reds do just that.