Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri is one of a handful of players who saw their stocks rise after the World Cup, and now the 22-year-old could be on his way to Liverpool.
Scoring an incredible hat-trick in one World Cup match and completing 75 percent of all his passes, the Switzerland star has been linked to several reports sending him to Merseyside even though he seems content to stay in Germany.
According to Daily Star, Liverpool have offered £14.2 million for Shaqiri and while Bayern Munich haven’t accepted the bid, they evidently feel it's a fair offer for the player. Though Shaqiri attempted to silence the speculation in one swoop.
"It is the time of year when much is written, but as we all know, there is very little truth behind it,” Shaqiri posted on his Facebook page. "As you all know I am currently on holiday so I am not in talks with other clubs nor have I spoken with any journalists. I have a contract with FC Bayern until 2016.
"My advisors are in regular contact with the responsible people at FC Bayern so there is no reason for speculation."
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Despite his best efforts to remove himself from the spotlight, another report Saturday from Caught Offside said Munich had agreed to send Shaqiri to Liverpool, but for £17.2 million. Evidently, Shaqiri may have been told by Munich manager Pep Guardiola that he wouldn’t have as much time with the first-team than he would like. Shaqiri has scored 10 goals in 43 appearances since joining Munich in 2012, but he should receive far more pitch time under Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
Another play who benefited from a stellar World Cup was Lille striker Divock Origi, and a report from Daily Mirror says the 19-year-old Belgian will finalize a £12.5 million deal with Liverpool in the next few days. In the process Origi will shun Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.
Rodgers pulled out all the stops while recruiting Origi, even taking him and his family on a guided tour of Anfield. The Mirror also points out that should the Origi deal go through, Rodgers will have spent more than £100 million on seven players this summer to bolster his squad for a deep Champions League run.
With so many new faces on the squad, it could very well mean striker Fabio Borini will spend another season on-loan with Sunderland. According to Express, Black Cats manager Gus Poyet wants to retain Borini, who netted seven goals in 32 appearances last term, and the two sides reached a £14 million agreement.
But Borini instead joined Liverpool on their preseason tour around the United States, rather than work out a deal with Sunderland.
Now in his second go-round in the Premier League, the 23-year-old Borini is likely better off staying with Sunderland, especially with Rickie Lambert, Loic Remy and Lazar Markovic likely to take away any of his playing time.