Report: Tottenham-linked coach wants to make Liverpool man key to Euro side
According to Corriere dello Sport, Maurizio Sarri wants Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri to be a key player of his first Lazio squad next season.
The former Chelsea boss is in talks with Lazio over succeeding Simone Inzaghi at the Stadio Olimpico. An announcement could be made as soon as Monday (TuttoMercatoWEB), despite Tottenham Hotspur also showing an interest (Calciomercato.it).
Lazio are working to line up potential targets so Sarri can hit the ground running at the Serie A side. The Italian has a raft of players on his shortlist, including Shaqiri, Elseid Hysaj, Nikola Maksimovic and Jerome Boateng.
Sarri wants Shaqiri and Milot Rashica at Lazio to improve the Biancocelesti offence this summer. Rashica is also a target as Werder Bremen’s relegation from the Bundesliga and the forward’s contract expiring next year makes him a more attainable prospect.
Liverpool are set to part with Shaqiri, as well, even though he is under contract at Anfield until 2023. He struggled to gain minutes under Jurgen Klopp last season and will be allowed to leave for the right fee.
Sarri will make Shaqiri a key part of his offensive plans at Lazio if signed but could face competition from Fenerbahce. The Super Lig giants also want the 29-year-old, per Sabah, after he instructed his agent to facilitate a transfer.
Liverpool want €7million (£6m) to sell their £13m (BBC) signing from Stoke City. Fenerbahce had requested Shaqiri on loan, but saw the offer rejected. The winger also wants a €3million (£50k-p/w) a year contract, per FotoMac, after offering himself to the Yellow Canaries.
TBR’s view: Shaqiri is heading for Liverpool exit
Shaqiri seems set to head for the Liverpool exit door this summer with interest from across Europe. His suitors, at least in Sarri’s case, are also willing to hand the winger a prominent role in their plans.
The 91-cap international will surely jump at the chance to play regular domestic action again after Euro 2020. It was not on offer under Klopp last season, having started just seven of his 22 appearances across all competitions.
Shaqiri will undoubtedly be frustrated to have featured so little even when results were not going in Liverpool’s favour. Making three appearances between February 21 and the end of the season was likely the final straw.
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