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Shaqiri Transfer to Liverpool Could Be Heating Up

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The unhappy midfielder may get the playing time he has been itching for elsewhere

Alex Grimm

Xherdan Shaqiri's clouded future at could become clearer, multiple journalists on twitter reporting that conversations between Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Shaqiri's agent gaining steam.

Shaqiri received roughly two-thirds of the playing time in his second year at Bayern – 1897 minutes in '12/'13, 1222 minutes in '13/'14. Shaqiri said in an interview with 20min.ch that he does not want to go through another season like his last, struggling with his place in the squad as well as his fitness.

A transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool can actually go off without a hitch soon. The "strong cube" is unhappy at Bayern.

Thomas Müller's contract extension could have been a turning point, the 24-year-old committing to Bayern until 2019. With Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben, and Mario Götze all demanding minutes, Shaqiri is on the outside looking in on his quest for a spot in the side.

Shaqiri will enter the final two seasons of the four-year deal he signed in 2012, so a loan-deal involving the 22-year-old is unlikely to come about. His transfermarkt valuation at the moment is €20 million.

Bayern have not sold a player to England since selling Owen Hargreaves to Manchester United for €25 million in 2007. Unless Shaqiri and his agent receive an assurance from the club of some kind, he could depart for the island as well.

Switzerland's first match of the World Cup is on Sunday against Ecuador. If a move is to come about, the process will probably accelerate over the next 48 hours.