Liverpool lining up stunning Bayern Munich swap deal

Liverpool are lining up a sensational swap deal that would see Luis Suarez move to Bayern Munich with highly rated Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri moving in the opposite direction.

Reports on Sunday claimed that Rodgers was keen on the versatile attacker winger and was planning a £20 million bid for the 21 year old. have taken a slightly different angle with the latest events claiming that Liverpool could be keen to discuss a player swap deal that would the Reds pocked £25 million for the sale of Suarez as well as Shaqiri.

The Swiss international joined Bayern for £10 million last summer on a four year deal after a stunning season with FC Basel.

Despite struggling to oust the likes of Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller from the Bayern line up Shaqiri managed to make 38 appearances in all competitions, including 17 starts, racking up an impressive 8 goals and 12 assists.

The arrival of summer signing Mario Gotze looks set to push the 21 year old further down the pecking order and that has prompted the player to contemplate his future with the Bavarian giants.

Liverpool are monitoring events closely and are ready to swoop should Pep Guardiola make the player available.

Rodgers is on the lookout for more attacking talents and the versatile Shaqiri, who can play out left or behind the striker appeals.

With Guardiola’s brother the agent of the want-away Suarez the possibility of a swap deal is sure to rise should Liverpool make their interest concrete and with Munich on the lookout for a new striker following the sale of Mario Gomez to Napoli a deal is a real possibility.

Real Madrid and Arsenal are also sniffing around Suarez but as of yet neither club has matched Liverpool’s valuation of £40m. Arsenal became the first club to make a public move but the Reds rejected their offer of £30 million but Arsene Wenger is ready to come back with an improved offer.

The Reds are unlikely to sell to one of the rivals for a Champions League spot and with the player keen to play at a higher level a move to Bayern might give both player and club the reprieve the need. Liverpool are believed to be willing to accept a fee of £25m plus Shaqiri for the Uruguayan although it remains to be see if Bayern Munich would be agreeable to that.

Despite the lack of European football at Anfield Shaqiri could be tempted by a move to Liverpool especially with the promise of regular football, not to mention the challenge of restoring the fallen giants to the top of English football, on offer.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.