The assumption for much of the summer has been that Xherdan Shaqiri would likely depart the club, with the 29-year-old eager to move on in search of playing time and the club content to grant him his wish should somebody meet their £12M asking price.
However, with the Premier League season less than two weeks away and Shaqiri back in training, it had begun to look as though that might not happen. Now, though, Lazio—previously linked with a move for Shaqiri this summer—are said to be pushing ahead.
According to Italian reports, Shaqiri is one of three on Lazio’s list, but with the other two—Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostić—need a non-European Union place in the squad and there is none, making Shaqiri is the obvious option.
Shaqiri has struggled for fitness and consistency at Liverpool since joining the club in 2018 when Liverpool triggered his £13.5M release clause and signed him from relegated Stoke City, but his turn for Switzerland at the Euros served as a reminder of his qualities.