With the transfer market in full swing, rumors continue to abound regarding the future of Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri. The attacking midfielder had been linked with a move to Juventus, but those talks seemed to have cooled with the Bianconeri's interest appears to be elsewhere now.
Recently, Inter and Liverpool moved to the forefront of the list of clubs in the race to sign Shaqiri away from FC Bayern. Today, a report from Sky Italia indicates that there is a clear leader.
Shaqiri accepted #Inter bid. Tomorrow Inter director will be in Munich to talk with Bayern trying to reach an agreement. #LFC is now waiting— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 6, 2015
Then, in speaking with Sky Italia shortly thereafter, Inter manager Roberto Mancini said the following.
Roberto #Mancini to Sky Sport: "#Shaqiri? I hope to have him soon, but it's not always possible to do things quickly. Let's see..." #Inter— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 6, 2015
The question with any transaction involving Inter involves the financial side of things, as Blick points out. Throughout this process, Inter has been seeking a loan with the option to buy. Earlier in the summer, Shaqiri reportedly had agreed to personal terms with Liverpool, but there was no transfer fee agreed. The English side appears that they're going to remain in the chase until the very end.
Until we see Shaqiri holding up another shirt, there will be speculation, of course. However, it does appear that we're getting closer to the end of this long, drawn out saga.