Liverpool's pursuit of Bayern Munich talent Xherdan Shaqiri appears to be over, with the player proclaiming he expects to stay with the Bundesliga champions this season.
The Swiss international told German paper Bild he is unlikely to leave during the current transfer window, according to Thomas Zocher of Sky Sports: "I am a player of Bayern Munich as I am under contract with the club. Basically, I believe I will be staying on at Bayern Munich. But as long as the transfer window is open, anything could happen in the very end."
Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also commented on the player's situation, per Zocher, telling Bayern's official website they expect to keep Shaqiri despite solid interest in his services: "We’ve had several enquiries from teams in England and Italy. I’ve never had a conversation because we are convinced he will have a good career with us. He must stay healthy, (but) the coach is convinced by him."
The 22-year-old attacker struggled for game time at his club last season but shone at the recent World Cup for Switzerland.
He recorded three goals in four matches at the tournament in Brazil, smashing a hat-trick against Honduras, per WhoScored.com.
The speculation about Liverpool's interest in Shaqiri has existed for most of the summer, but it appears that the chase is temporarily over.
Rather, one player soon to be on the move appears to be Liverpool attacker Fabio Borini.
Per Hunter, Poyet told American satellite radio station SiriusXM:
I’m desperate [for it to happen] but it’s still ongoing. It’s important. Fabio, for us, is important and I will tell you why. You can always go and spend some millions on a player, but when you know the player the way I know Fabio, how professional he is, how much he cares, the positions in which he can play, and what he brings to the team and to the group.
He has plenty of things that I really, really like. He’s professional and I think he would be fantastic for the group as well, not just because he scores goals. He’s a key player, which is why the [fee] agreement with Liverpool is quite a big one. We’ll see. I’m still hoping it is going to happen, but we need to wait and see.
However, after the Black Cats' successful coup in stealing Jack Rodwell away from Manchester City, George Caulkin says the Borini transfer remains at a stalemate:
Borini situation unchanged as far as I'm aware. Been made a very good offer, isn't minded to accept (at the moment).— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) August 4, 2014
If Liverpool can pick up £14 million for Borini, it will be a sensational deal for Rodgers.
Despite Poyet's justifications behind the price, it is difficult to envisage the player being worth anywhere near the quoted fee. Borini is not likely to feature in the Liverpool first team any time soon, so a heavy cash deal would represent good business for the Anfield club.
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Missing out on Shaqiri will disappoint Rodgers, but it is unlikely to hugely affect his plans.
The player would have brought some additional flair to the team after Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona. However, with Raheem Sterling in fine form and looking like a potential No. 10 behind Daniel Sturridge, the Swiss player would not have been an essential addition.