Xherdan Shaqiri could be tempted by a move to Manchester United this summer, according to the Bayern Munich player’s brother and agent. Shaqiri, 22, was rated as one of the promising young players in Europe when signed from Basel in 2012, but has started just eight matches combined in the Bundesliga and Champions League under Pep Guardiola last season. When he has played the attacking midfielder has impressed, scoring five goals.
Manchester United are set to spend big to overhaul their squad this summer, although it remains to be seen whether the Switzerland international is on David Moyes’s list of targets. But Erdin Shaqiri has revealed that his brother will consider his future this summer, with Old Trafford one of the destinations that would appeal.
"Xherdan is 22 and he needs to play regularly at that age, which he doesn’t currently do,” he told Swiss publication Blick.
"We are now waiting until the summer. But if there are clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United, Internazionale or other top clubs are keen, we can listen to them. However, Bayern Munich will be the first club we talk to about his future.”
It is another Bayern Munich midfielder that Moyes has been linked to in recent months, however. Toni Kroos’s future remains in doubt, with the Germany international yet to extend a contract that is currently set to expire in the summer of 2015. It still seems unlikely that Kroos will leave given that he is such an integral part of the all-conquering Bayern team, yet he and the club are thought to be some way apart in negotiations.
The Sunday People believes that Moyes is confident of landing the 24-year-old, who it’s claimed wants to join United despite the fact that he would miss out on the Champions League. The report comes in a story which asserts that United have all-but wrapped up a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The People states that 21-year-old’s agent was given a tour around Old Trafford last week and will join in the summer with United agreeing to pay his £37 million buyout clause.
Carvalho made his debut for Portugal in the first leg of last November’s World Cup playoff against Sweden and has been watched on numerous occasions this season. Still, it would be an extremely bold move to pay such a huge fee for a player who is as yet untested at the highest level.
Carvalho may not be the only player plying his trade in Portugal to be on United’s radar. According to Sky Sports, United were one of the clubs to have a scout in attendance at Benfica’s Europa League encounter with Tottenham last Thursday, with forward Rodrigo suggested as the main reason for the visit. It is Liverpool, though, who have been most strongly linked, and Benfica coach Jorge Jesus did not dismiss the fact that there was interest from Anfield.
"It's normal,” he said. “Every Benfica player is in a big window. The league is full of high quality players so it's normal for other clubs to be interested. Rodrigo is going through a good moment.”
Manchester United have also been strongly linked with Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay for some time and it may well have been the Argentina center-back who was the main reason for the scout’s visit.