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Rumour Mongering: Sevilla Prepared to Spend £18M to Sign Xherdan Shaqiri

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If true, in the current uncertain climate it might be enough to get a deal done.

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It continues to feel a touch strange to talk transfers while football is on hold, especially with many clubs putting their offseason plans on hold while they wait to find out when the game will return—and what their finances will look like when it does.

Still, while there are rumours out there to talk about we’ll try to put them into perspective, and today’s new transfer tale involves Xherdan Shaqiri and a proposed big-money move to Spain, with Sevilla said to be prepared to pay what it takes.

According to Swiss outlet Blick at least, that means a bid in the £18M range, which the La Liga side are said to believe will be enough to tempt Liverpool—who have previously been said to be seeking around £28M for him—into selling the winger.

If true, while it represents a cut-rate on the Reds’ reported asking price pre-pandemic, it could be enough to get a deal done in the post-pandemic landscape where many clubs around Europe will be worried about finances and wary of spending big.

Certainly it would be more likely than a suitable bid materialising out of Turkey, which is where the last round of supposed Shaqiri interest came from. Still, Sevilla being able to spend £18M on him does seem a touch optimistic in the current climate.