Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have reportedly agreed to terms of a transfer for Xherdan Shaqiri. The deal, according to kicker and Sky Deutschland, will involve a loan until the end of the season and an €18 million buy option.
Shaqiri set to move to Inter Milan! Agreement between FCB and Inter. He will undergo a medical tomorrow and then sign a contract.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 8, 2015
Bild reported that the two sides discussed a €2-3 million loan, but Bayern wanted to sell the Switzerland international in the January transfer window. However, the two sides met in Munich Thursday, a day before Bayern will leave for Qatar, to finalize the transfer.
Bayern purchased Shaqiri from Swiss Super League side FC Basel 1893 for €11.8 million in 2012. The German giants would be making a €6.2 million profit if the reported transfer fee is confirmed. Should the two complete a full transfer of Shaqiri, he would become the most lucrative sale for Bayern in the January transfer window, and the fifth player in the last three seasons Bayern has sold for more than €10 million.
In parts of three seasons, Shaqiri has made 81 appearances for Bayern, a majority of which came from the bench. He scored 17 goals and recorded 19 assists in his two and a half seasons in Bayern red. His playing time steadily decreased while with the club, stuck behind Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Franck Ribéry, and Arjen Robben for playing time. His former manager with the Swiss, Ottmar Hitzfeld, believed he needed to move onto another club.
"The time has come for Shaqiri needs to leave the club," Hitzfeld told Blick. "He needs as new impulse, an new motivation. It is important for his psyche for him to take the next step now and start regularly."
Shari now joins former Bayern left-booter Lukas Podolski in a new reinvigorated Nerazzuri attack.