Xherdan Shaqiri Transfer Rumours: Latest Speculation Surrounding Bayern Star

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2014

Bayern's Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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The brother of Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that his sibling has ceased all negotiations regarding a move outside the Allianz Arena as he assesses his chances in Bavaria.

Sport Bild Plus (h/t ESPN FC's Ian Holyman) quote Erdin Shaqiri as claiming that all thoughts of his brother's departure have been cooled, with Liverpool and Juventus mentioned as the player's main suitors:

There are currently no talks with other clubs. Our main partner in talks is Bayern Munich, and we have put talks with other clubs on ice. It has been made clear to us that Xherdan has a good standing among the Bayern bosses. However, it remains to be seen how the talks go with Bayern, and whether an optimal solution can be found.

Despite the high expectations for Shaqiri upon his arrival from Basel two years ago, his trajectory has been stunted thanks to a lack of first-team action under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola.

Last season, the 22-year-old started in just 10 of his 17 Bundesliga appearances, per Squawka, although his playmaking potency remained clear as he managed to construct 25 scoring chances in that time, scoring six goals.

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Bayern aren't at panic stations to sell the youngster, either, considering he still has two years left to run on his contract with Der FCB.

Last week, Metro reported that Brendan Rodgers' side, who have been on Shaqiri's trail for some time now, launched an official £14.2 million bid, a decent profit on the reported £10 million for which he moved to Germany two years ago:

Despite his momentum being derailed somewhat since moving to the Bundesliga, Shaqiri remains a player of clear talent following his displays with the Swiss national team at this summer's World Cup.

Ottmar Hitzfeld's side bowed out to Argentina in the round of 16, but WhoScored.com points to just how efficient an attacking talent the youngster was in Brazil:

Erdin Shaqiri's comments would move to dissuade any European outfits from following up their interest in the attacking figure, but if the talks leave Xherdan with the impression his chances are best served outside Bayern, he may be made available.

As long as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben remain at the club, he will always have competition of the highest standard on the wings.

Granted, the chances of silverware in Guardiola's side may tempt some players into settling for a squad role, but Shaqiri may not be as easily appeased in sacrificing his individual aspirations for trophies or medals.

For now, the ball would appear to be in Bayern's court as they seek to hold onto a player who provides good cover out wide—as well as more centrally—and with a mountain of potential to boot.