Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing terms to sign Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after meeting with the player's family in Switzerland.
The Metro reports that the young Swiss star is set to make the switch to Anfield after the Bavarian outfit gave the green light for the move:
Bayern Munich have reportedly given the Reds permission to discuss a deal for Shaqiri, who is currently representing his country at the World Cup.
And Liverpool are confident they will be able to conclude the deal quickly, with senior officials said to be on the verge of agreeing a five-year-deal worth £95,000-a-week.
The 22-year old, who scored a brilliant hat-trick against Honduras on Wednesday in Brazil, has been angling for a move away from the Allianz Arena because of a lack of first-team football.
He made only 10 starts and seven substitute appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring six goals, per WhoScored.com.
In May, he told 20 Minuten (via Wayne Veysey on Goal.com) that he was looking for a move away from Germany, with the Premier League firmly on his radar.
"England is an option," he said. "If I leave Bayern, it will be a club far from Germany but it has to be a club where I could win titles."
Liverpool ran Manchester City incredibly close for the Premier League title last season, eventually coming second by just two points. The Reds' resurgence under boss Brendan Rodgers and return to the Champions League no doubt makes them an attractive option for Shaqiri.
According to Sky Italia (via the Metro), while Liverpool and Bayern have yet to agree a transfer fee for the young star, that will be forthcoming once personal terms have been set.
Shaqiri would be a fine addition to Liverpool's already strong attacking unit and his versatility would be invaluable—he can play on the wing or as a No. 10.
James Horncastle of WhoScored.com recently commented that Shaqiri has the hallmarks of a great player:
"Short and compact, with that low centre of gravity, the Kraftwürfel or Power Cube is similar in body shape to some of the great playmakers."
His pace and creativity would fit well into Liverpool's counter-attacking style and his strength would serve him well in the Premier League.
Shaqiri is reportedly the Reds' No. 1 transfer target, having missed out on Adam Lallana and Yevhen Konoplyanka, but he arguably would constitute a better acquisition than either of those players.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are reportedly attempting to lure Liverpool striker Fabio Borini away from Anfield and have put in a £10 million bid for the player, per Simon Jones in the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old Italian scored seven Premier League goals for the Black Cats last season while on loan, but Liverpool supposedly want £12.5 million for the player.
The Reds would certainly do well to cash in on Borini, who is unlikely to play a major role at Anfield next season, and any money brought in for him could assist with the pursuit of Shaqiri.