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Rumour Mongering: Newcastle United Make Xherdan Shaqiri Approach

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Newcastle are said to have reached out to Shaqiri—and the player is interested.

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Liverpool’s ability to make a major signing or two this offseason could depend on the club’s ability to offload a few fringe players, something that could turn out to be easier said than done due to the financial uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

However, there could be good news on that front with word today from The Mail’s Dominic King that Xherdan Shaqiri could be in line for a move to Newcastle—if the sale of 80% of the club to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund goes through.

New, oil-rich ownership for Newcastle could allow the mid-table side to spend when other clubs at their level aren’t able to enter the market, and according to King there is interest on both Newcastle and Shaqiri’s sides in getting a deal done.

Previously, Liverpool were said to be seeking around £30M for Shaqiri. The club were also reported to be after similar fees for Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic. Even with Newcastle’s interest, such a windfall for any may no longer be reasonable.

Still, if all three could be sold for around £60M, it would certainly make the math easier when it comes to bringing in Timo Werner from RB Leipzig as well as perhaps bringing in a versatile defender to provide fullback depth.