Having played a mere 263 minutes for Liverpool last season, the future of 28-year-old winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been something of a question mark this offseason. Will the Swiss international stay and fight for minutes, or after two seasons is it time to move on?
If it’s the latter, one club that has been mentioned on a handful of occasions already as a possibility has been Serie A’s Lazio, and today Corriere dello Sport go a step further and dub Shaqiri one of their top targets as the Italians look for a big name signing on the cheap.
Shaqiri is said to be one of the names at the top of Lazio’s wish list along with James Rodriguez—now 29, down to the final year of his contract, and coming off a season where he played just 728 minutes for Real Madrid—and West Ham United’s Filipe Anderson.
All are seen as potentially exciting, big-name signings whose stock has fallen in recent seasons. Divock Origi and Oliver Giroud are also mentioned as possibilities, though Lazio’s preference would be for signing a more versatile attacker rather than an outright striker.
Whether Shaqiri is made available by Liverpool would likely depend both on the player’s preference as well as whether the club do in fact have a signing lined up for a player who could serve as backup to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané on the wings.