Liverpool have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Xherdan Shaqiri after Stoke reporter Martin Spinks admitted he is unaware of any interest from Manchester United.
This is coming from a report by Manchester United fan site Stretty News, who spoke to Spinks in regards to the Shaqiri situation in an insightful article that I thoroughly recommend.
In this report, Spinks dismisses the rumours that Jose Mourinho is interested in the player stating that he has heard “Nothing at this end, so not sure if they are just his people trying to force Liverpool’s hand or not.” It’s certainly viable with Shaqiri’s agent (who is also Shaqiri’s brother) touted as a tricky customer to deal with.
With Manchester United out of the picture for now, it’s a huge boost to Liverpool’s chances in wrapping a deal up for the winger. The interest from both parties is evident, as we reported recently, and at a cut-rate of approximately £13.5m due to his relegation release clause it’s a no-brainer.
Spinks, however, did allude to Shaqiri’s mercurial nature, his lack of defensive discipline and his failure to stay motivated throughout the season.
“Not sure he (Shaqiri) fits anyone’s rigid system because he’s a bit of a maverick and certainly can’t be relied on defensively,” said Spinks.
“But he is a potential game changer. He would be quite an indulgence for Mourinho for the reasons above and even Jose couldn’t make him work the flank to his satisfaction.”
Having watched Shaqiri closely all season, it’s good to get this view on the Swiss international who was impressive at the World Cup – but you felt it was more about putting himself in the shop window for want of a better phrase. With plenty of Premier League suitors eyeing the winger up, Liverpool appear to be leading the race for his signature thus far.
With Switzerland crashing out of the tournament to Sweden in the Round of 16, you’d expect that negotiations have been ongoing and that the deal could be wrapped up soon enough.