Liverpool are nearing a Xherdan Shaqiri sale, according to reports. They need a £13m deal to happen first, however.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Burnley offered Lyon £13.5m for Maxwel Cornet and have permission to talk with the player.
That deal should be on its way, then, and it’s one that will affect Liverpool. Lyon will use that money to fund their move for Xherdan Shaqiri.
There’s been quite a lot to say about their pursuit of the 29-year-old. Specifically, the ridiculousness of their offers.
Xherdan Shaqiri sale
The Reds supposedly want around £10m to part with the Swiss winger. Sky Sports believe it might be closer to £13m.
This potential Cornet sale is good news, then. It suggests Liverpool can get as close to their asking price as possible, even if it’s as high as Sky Sports suggest.
Now, whether Lyon put all the money into their pursuit, we don’t know. We imagine not if their opening valuation was £4m.
But Liverpool will have room to negotiate, certainly.
Why sell Shaqiri?
Shaqiri did have an impressive Euro 2020 but it appears Liverpool don’t have room for him. Harvey Elliott is clearly part of the first-team squad, for one, and he plays a very similar role to the Swiss.
And that honestly might be the bulk of Liverpool’s reasoning. When coupled with Shaqiri’s injury troubles over the years, of course.
Investing time in Elliott makes sense, given his obvious talent. And if not the 18-year-old, there’s the likes of Kaide Gordon who may fancy his chances on the right-flank at times this season.
So in that sense, Shaqiri is a casualty of the new generation at Liverpool.