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Revealed: Swiss Sensation Was Keen On Liverpool Move

Liverpool have been with various superstars since the start of the season, based on their accomplishments and performances from last season. One such man the Reds were chasing from a long time was Swiss sensation Xherdan Shaqiri. The 23 year old was heavily linked with a move to Anfield and manager Brendan Rodgers was quite keen on adding this talented winger to his squad and challenge for more this season. Lack of first team action had upset the Swiss international and a move away from the Allianz Arena was quite eminent.

Despite the fact that Liverpool were pushing to sign the star, Bayern Munich did not agree to finalizing his move to the Premier League side. Rather he is now on a 6 month loan deal to Italian giants Inter Milan who had already completed a move for Arsenal’s unused German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski at the start of January. The Reds were desperate to sign the winger after captain Steven Gerrard confirmed an Anfield exit at the end of the season and wanted to strengthen their squad. After the deal fell out with Munich, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers decided to go ahead and sign England international Adam Lallana.

In an interview, when asked about the speculations about his move to Anfied Shaqiri mentioned, “In the end I had a lot of options, very lucrative offers. And I was on the phone with very many coaches who talked to me about their ideas. But just I felt that Inter did most to get me. My gut feeling was with Inter. I had wanted to join Liverpool over the summer, but Bayern would not agree to it. That was not easy for me, but I had to accept it. That’s why I am glad that it has worked out with this move in the winter.”

Manchester United aim to seal triple transfer deal in January

There is no doubt that Manchester United are going to strengthen their squad in the upcoming January transfer window. Louis Van Gaal would be determined to spend a sizeable transfer kitty to bring in a centre back to strengthen the defense as the Red Devils would be determined for a strong second half of the season. Reports from English Media outlet DAILY STAR however, have claimed that United are also looking to buy attacking players in the winter transfer market.

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Shaqiri

One of the names that is doing the rounds is Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who is frustrated at the German side over the lack of game time on the pitch. Swiss media outlet Blick have however reported yesterday that Bayern are willing to let go the player for just €15m. Liverpool are also interested in Shaqiri and it would interesting to see if both the fierce rivals are involved in a duel off the field too.

Another player whom United are linked is Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva who is also wanted by Real Madrid. However, according to the same report from Daily Star, Real won’t be making any transfers in January thus a move for the player could be ruled out. Galacticos President Florentino Perez said, “Except for extraordinary circumstances, no signings will be made in the January transfer window and now there is nothing.”

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Thus United could swoop for Lucas as he is just the kind of player they need, someone who can screen the back four and create from the deep acting as a play-maker in the regista role. The Old Trafford side would also swoop for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus who has a host of clubs interested after him.

In an interesting turn of events, Dortmund are looking to sign Inter Milan hit man Stephan El Shawaaray, leaving the likes of United, Arsenal and Liverpool with a major boost in their pursuit of the German International.