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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Shaqiri to Liverpool

Posted on Jul 18th, 2013 by James Ellaby

We included him in our Top 5 Players Liverpool Should Target This Summer over the weekend and there are fresh reports that Xherdan Shaqiri could be on his way to Anfield.

Transfer Truth: 20%
A game journalists love to play during the long, (occasionally) hot days of summer is to find two clubs, match up a player from each side that the other might like to buy and then say that there will be a swap deal.

The problem is that this very rarely actually happens. Sure, from time to time, a player will be included as part of a fee for another player (think Keith Gillespie in the Andy Cole to Man United transfer from Newcastle, for example) but they mostly happen in the world of transfer wonderland.

But they are so exciting to read aren't they? CaughtOffside have come up with this one, which assumes that Liverpool want to buy Shaqiri and that Bayern Munich want to buy Luis Suarez. Well, half of Europe wants to buy Suarez, don't they?

So, why not do a deal that sees Liverpool get £25m plus Shaqiri for Suarez? Of course, there's also the potential for the Reds to actually just go and sign him anyway, but that's not quite so sexy.

Our Truth-O-Meter
We're not convinced that there's any real truth to this rumour of a potential swap, partly because such deals are so rare and partly because there's no evidence of any real intent on either club to buy either player.

But Shaqiri's name does keep coming up for Liverpool and he's a fast and powerful young winger who would add a lot to them, and is likely to be available this summer. Pep Guardiola's transfer moves so far have pushed him further and further away from a regular slot in the team, for one thing.

So while there's little chance of him being involved in a deal for Suarez, it's quite possible that he might be a target for Brendan Rodgers, so we'll give him a Likeliness Of Signing rating of 20% too.

Likeliness of Signing: 25%
Fit at Club: 70%

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