An exclusive report in The Sun is claiming that Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, is planning a swoop for Stoke’s star man, Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Potters’ playmaker is believed to be desperate for a move following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season that ended a 10-year stay in the top flight.
Some big clubs are said to have shown interest in bringing Shaqiri in, including big United rivals Liverpool. If the Swiss international does find himself at Anfield for the start of this season, then Mourinho would still have gotten the better end of the deal.
Shaqiri has already had spells with European giants Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in his career and failed to establish himself as a reliable member of the squad in the long term on either occasion. The 26-year-old isn’t cut out for being able to provide consistent performances at the top level, and that kind of hit-or-miss player isn’t the sort that either United or Liverpool should be concerning themselves with.
Transfermarkt value Shaqiri at £16.2 million, though he is certain to be available at a knockdown price given Stoke’s relegation. Even so, the Champions League winner would likely command big wages and take up a squad space that Mourinho would do better to have filled by that desperately needed top class centre-back.
The idea that Shaqiri himself would be able to get regular playing time in a squad where the likes of Anthony Martial struggles for minutes is fanciful.
Shaqiri would be better served setting his sights a little lower; only a little though as he is very much a Premier League level player. A move to a side like Leicester, where he’d be a great replacement for the seemingly outbound Riyad Mahrez and where he’d be one of the main men, would be a more suitable switch.