Liverpool have decided how much they want for Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Swiss international joined the Merseyside club for a fee of £13 million from Stoke two years ago, but has failed to make a significant impact at Anfield, especially this season with his progress badly hampered by injuries.
And now he is one of the players widely expected to leave, as Jurgen Klopp plans a summer purge of his squad.
Roma are one of the sides interested, but the Serie A club are strapped for cash, and may not be able to afford the £16 – £ 18 million that Liverpool are likely to demand for the winger. Instead they would prefer a loan move with an option to buy.
Liverpool do not have to sell Shaqiri, who is under contract with them until 2023. However, if they cannot get a permanent buyer then they may be open to the loan suggestion in order to get his annual salary of £4 million off their wage bill.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.