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Report: Bayern Munich attacking midfielder linked with transfer to Juventus

Xherdan Shaqiri and Juventus...for the umpteenth time.

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Xherdan Shaqiri is the hot commodity at Bayern Munich these days. He's been linked with moves away to numerous clubs, and the most recent example is a link with Italian club Juventus. Tuttosport is reporting that the Swiss international winger is a high priority for the Bianconeri and ticks all the boxes (to use the cliché) as they are looking for a dynamic attacking midfielder to plug into their team. With a long reported transfer fee somewhere in the range of €15-20M, Shaqiri is well within the spending power range of the Italian giants.

It's hard to get too excited about this rumor though. Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked on-and-off with Juventus for the better part of two calendar years and to date, no move has yet to materialize. The only new development is new Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri. The 47-year-old Italian recently spoke to Sky Sports saying "We can make a comfortable lightweight skillful attacker to dance on the frontline, that is, that can act either by playmaker both from outside" (via Google translate). While the quotes from Allegri are light (re: devoid) of direct references to Shaqiri, the interview does includes a pervasive theme about the need for exactly this type of dynamic playmaker.

For a Juventus side that has been in transition since the departure of Antonio Conte over the summer, the addition of Xherdan Shaqiri would be a fantastic coup and a solid piece for them to build around. While Shaqiri has struggled for minutes in a Bayern Munich uniform and struggled in the fast pace of the Bundesliga, a move to the much slower and more methodical Serie A would in all likelihood be a fantastic boon for the playmaker -- especially given his predilection for dribbling and his skill with the ball at his feet.

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