Manchester United are set to line up an £18 million bid for Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri, putting them in direct competition with fierce rivals Liverpool, as reported by the Daily Star.
Shaqiri has been unhappy at Bayern for an extended period of time and looked to depart the Bavarian side in the summer.
However, the German giants blocked a move away from the club for the winger, who is highly regarded by the club’s hierarchy.
Liverpool were one of the sides that made a bid, and they believed they had secured the transfer at one point.
Bayern would not sanction a switch, but assured Shaqiri that he would play more football.
He’s been disappointed, however, starting only one game for Pep Guardiola’s side.
As a result, he is considering his future again and will hold talks with officials in the new year.
Man Utd are now looking to snatch the forward from under Liverpool’s noses.
Louis van Gaal is keen that the side match Bayern’s £18 million valuation of the player.