Turkish outlet Fotomac have claimed that Galatasaray will open talks over a move for Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri when football resumes, and are willing to pay the Swiss attacker’s asking price.
Shaqiri, 28, is being linked with an exit – following a report from The Mirror that claimed six players could leave Anfield this summer. Shaqiri was one of those, alongside Dejan Lovren, Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Naby Keita and Divock Origi.
Joining Liverpool from Stoke City in the summer of 2018, Shaqiri has since managed 40 appearances in all competitions – being used as a back-up attacker by Jurgen Klopp. This season, he has managed just 10 outings.
Now, Galatasaray are keen to test Liverpool’s resolve for Shaqiri – with the Reds requesting a fee of around £18million for Shaqiri, as per the report. Clyne is being linked with Turkish side Besiktas, where Karius has been on loan since 2018.
The report claims talks will open for Shaqiri between the two clubs, but only when the Covid-19 pandemic ends.
TBR’s view – Should Liverpool let Shaqiri go?
If they receive £18million for his services, then it is in the best interests of all parties involved that the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan star leaves Anfield this summer. Turning 29 in October, Shaqiri needs game time.
The player is supposedly set to enter his peak years and in order to show that, he needs regular game time. At Gala, he would be one of the club’s best players and that will only do good for the Swiss star. It is a move that suits all involved.