Premier League duo chasing Basel starlet

After impressing in what was a breakout season for the player, Basel playmaker, Fabian Frei, appears to be courting interest from various European parties, two of which are Premier League outfits Liverpool and Fulham.

Frei – no relation to Swiss legend Alexander – has been a part of the Basel setup since 2004 when he entered as a youth prospect but it was only in 2011 that the midfielder managed to stake his claim on a regular first team spot.

The 23 year-old was farmed out on a two-year loan deal at St.Gallen where he managed to score 13 goals in 64 appearances, leading his parent club to keep him around upon his return.

Since then, Frei has emerged as a frequent starter in the Basel line-up, making forty appearances for the Swiss club this campaign, including eight starts in the side’s Champions League tournament.

The attacking midfielder has scored nine goals this season and made six assists.

Xherdan Shaqiri has already sealed a summer move to Bayern Munich and Granit Xhaka is also looking likely to leave Basel, so with just a year left on his contract with the club, Frei may be tempted into jumping ship, too.

Should the 23 year-old leave this summer, Frei – who has made three appearances for the Switzerland national team – would be expected to command an asking price of around £6.5m.

With Maxi Rodriguez, Joe Cole and Dirk Kuyt all looking likely candidates for the Anfield exit, attacking reinforcements will surely be needed at Liverpool while Fulham are also set to lose some of their stars.

Martin Jol has already conceded that Clint Dempsey may leave the club in July should the right offer come in and Moussa Dembelé is also interesting various European sides.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.