Liverpool's much publicised transfer market struggles have continued today with news that Xherdan Shaqiri is poised to join Inter Milan on a four and a half year deal. Earlier in the week it had been reported that the Bayern Munich attacker was edging towards a deal with Brendan Rodgers' side, however, it seems Inter, who are languishing in 11th position in Serie A, have returned with an improved offer.
That offer has seemingly swayed the Swiss international towards Roberto Mancini's men with a deal expected to be officially completed tomorrow after the Italian club announced they had reached an agreement with Bayern.
.@Inter_Channel: "Accordo totale tra #Inter e @FCBayern per l'arrivo di @XS_11official in nerazzurro. Mancano solo le firme" #ForzaInter
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) January 8, 2015
According to a number of sources, Liverpool had agreed personal terms with Shaqiri in the summer, however, Bayern vetoed a deal as they were unsure if they would need to call upon his services this year. That hasn't happened as much as the former Basel man would have liked and it was thought that the deal with Liverpool remained in place.
However, perhaps owing to Liverpool's need for reinforcement in other areas (namely goalkeeper, central defence, central midfield and up front), Shaqiri may have been viewed as a luxury singing that could be done without. Either that or he just fancied going to Milan instead. One way or another, he's off to Inter and Brendan Rodgers will have to look elsewhere if he wants to strengthen his squad this transfer window.