Xherdan Shaqiri's potential move from Bayern Munich to Liverpool looks to be in danger of falling through in what would be a significant blow for the Reds in a thus far successful transfer window.
Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer has seemingly ruled out the possibility of the Swiss youngster leaving Bavaria, saying he is a key player, per German newspaper Kicker (via Tom Sheen in the Independent):
"Xherdan is an important player for the future. There are no thoughts at all about selling him."
Indeed, the 22-year-old looks to be a genuine star of the not-too-distant future having already excelled at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, putting in strong performances and scoring a fine hat-trick against Honduras, per the BBC's Kevin Kilbane:
Not so long ago, Shaqiri's move to Anfield had looked to be on as Nick Lustig in the Daily Star reported that the Reds had made a £15 million bid before the World Cup with the Anfield hierarchy in talks with his agent.
However, Sammer's recent comments seem to contradict those reports as he is fairly categorical about Bayern's position on selling the player.
A glimmer of hope for Liverpool comes from the player himself, who responded to Sammer's comments about him being key for the future in a not-so-subtle tweet:
I live in present... Not in future....;-)— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) July 15, 2014
He has previously expressed frustration about his lack of playing time and he may attempt to push through a move, per 20 Minuten (via Sky Sports):
I want to play in the important games as well and not just in the Bundesliga. I don't want to go through another year like this. I only want to play for a major club. The Champions League is important to me. We will see what happens. England would be an option. If I were to leave Bayern, it will be for a foreign club. But it will have to be a club challenging for the title.
But Bayern's current position seems to be that Shaqiri will be staying at the Bundesliga outfit, a big blow for Liverpool, who could benefit from a player of such skill.
He would fit well into Reds boss Brendan Rodgers' fast-paced attacking philosophy with his great speed and ball control.
Furthermore, he would add a certain steel which is missing from the Reds' forward play as he has real strength and determination, while he could also chip in with plenty of goals from either the wing or behind the striker.
Having raised such a significant sum of money from the sale of Suarez, perhaps Bayern could be swayed by a strong Liverpool bid for the Swiss international.
The Reds would do well to continue to pursue him as he would be a great addition to an already strong attacking unit and could be a long-term star as, at 22, he is only just starting his career.
He is exactly the calibre of player that Liverpool should be signing as they look to compete domestically and in Europe next season and he would be a big miss if Bayern do indeed keep him in Germany.