TRANSFER TALK: XHAKA to Liverpool?
Jürgen Klopp has reportedly had a meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach’s defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka’s agent, with a view to signing him.
The Swiss player has played with other Liverpool transfer targets such as Xherdan Shaqiri in the Switzerland squad and has interested Liverpool since at least 2015 but our manager has had his eye on him for longer than he’s even been at his new club.
Jürgen Klopp will be aware of the player’s capabilities since Xhaka’s presence in the Bundesliga was at a peak during Klopp’s time managing German side Borussia Dortmund.
Since 2000, Xhaka was playing in Basel, Switzerland even as a youth player. Eventually he would earn himself a professional senior player’s contract and would go on to feature for FC Basel until 2012, which is when Borussia Monchengladbach came in with an offer of 8.5 Million Euros. The Swiss club would accept, the player would transfer out to Germany’s Bundesliga and Xhaka’s been playing there ever since then.
Xhaka is obligated and committed to Borussia Monchengladbach until 2019, however there is a term in his contract which would allow the player to leave his club if there is an offer of at least 30 Million Euros, this would release him instantly and allow him to transfer to a new club. Liverpool may well see this as an acceptable way to make a guaranteed new signing before the transfer closes on February 1st.
The 23-year-old has been scouted by other clubs including Premier League side Arsenal, who have shown interest but certainly don’t have the urgency of signing new players as their injury list is nowhere near as bad Liverpool’s list of injured players. The London club really have less need for such a player in their squad.
Liverpool haven’t officially placed a bid but we’ll not have long to wait to find out if we’re going to attempt to bring this player to Merseyside in the next few days.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.