KEY POINTS

  • Newcastle are reportedly planning to sign Shaqiri for $36m
  • Shaqiri joined Liverpool ahead of 2018-19 season
  • He has so far made 40 appearances for The Reds across all tournaments

Newcastle are reportedly planning on signing Liverpool’s winger Xherdan Shaqiri this summer if their Saudi takeover goes through.

Shaqiri, who moved to Anfield ahead of the 2018-19 season, has not been among the regular starters for the Reds and Newcastle want to capitalize on this considering the player has started just three matches in all this season and overall has appeared in just 10 games.

The Swiss international, who was signed by Jurgen Klopp right after impressing at the FIFA World Cup 2018, was added to Liverpool’s left-field position and played a key part in the club’s Champions League victory.

Shaqiri has suffered to grab Klopp’s attention for multiple reasons in the ongoing 2019-20 season including his fitness issues and lack or versatile nature as he does not have the pace of the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. His last appearance in the red jersey was when he came in as a substitute at the 89th minute in the Premier League match against Spurs.

The likes of Roma and Sevilla reportedly had enquired for Shaqiri this January transfer window but Liverpool were hesitant to let go of the player as they were still alive in three competitions. However, it is understood that Klopp and Co will not come in the way of Shaqiri’s any more incoming offers at the upcoming transfer window.

Liverpool have labeled Shaqiri with a transfer fee of $36 million, which Newcastle reportedly have agreed to, provided their potential Saudi Arabia deal happens soon. According to Daily Mail, Liverpool are looking to quote a similar price for the likes of Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic. The Premier League leaders want to clear funds in order to sign RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, whose asking price is expected to be at least $60m.

Shaqiri, who has played a total of 40 matches for Liverpool so far across competitions, has scored seven times. The 28-year-old winger, who won the treble with Bayern Munich during his three seasons in Germany, is hailed one of the most talented players produced by Germany. Since Newcastle lacks the presence of superstars, Shaqiri could finally earn the attention and importance in a team he actually deserves.