Liverpool have received a ‘ridiclous’ offer from Lyon for Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports. The Reds will try to negotiate a deal.
This comes from journalist Neil Jones. The Goal writer was talking to Redmen TV and claims Lyon have made an offer for Xherdan Shaqiri.
However, it wasn’t exactly what Liverpool had in mind.
“Well, I spoke to someone about it who described it as ‘ridiculous’, as in a ridiculously low offer,” said Jones. “Basically £4m, close to £4m, which, if he was 35 and in his last year, I think that would still be probably on the skinny side for Shaqiri.
“As much as he hasn’t played much football, he was one of the standout players for Switzerland at the Euros, he’s still in his late 20s, he’s still got, I would say, some miles left in the tank.
“I think Liverpool would be looking for, I would say, close to or more than £10 million.”
This comes after Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed a move was close. He said during the week that Lyon hoped to get a deal done for around £5m but the Reds wanted more.
Lyon make Xherdan Shaqiri offer
Sky Sports claimed recently that Liverpool wanted £12.75m for Shaqiri. That feels far more like a reasonable sale than a measly £4m.
Because Jones is right – that £4m offer is well below what Shaqiri is worth and the club are right to deem it ‘ridiculous. They should legitimately want three times that.
The 29-year-old was a standout at Euro 2020, as Jones says, and more than good enough to contribute at a good level next season. £4m is a little insulting.
It’ll be interesting to see where Liverpool go from here. Do they hold true to their valuation and keep Shaqiri? Or will they settle for a low fee to free up squad place for someone new?
The next week or so should be quite telling.