Bayern deny Liverpool approach for Shaqiri

European champions Bayern Munich have denied reports that Liverpool have made an approach for winger Xherdan Shaqiri, according to The Express.

A big blow to the Kop’s hopes of landing the former FC Basel star is that Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also implied that the European champions are now closed for business, stating that Pep Guardiola’s current squad is likely to be the one they go with moving into the new campaign.

Shaqiri joined Bayern around 12 months ago but struggled to establish himself in the first team, and with the signings of Thiago Alcantara and Mario Gotze the chances of the 21-year-old being given an extended run do not look to have improved.

Rummenigge said: “Nobody has called about Shaqiri. Right now there are no plans (to sell) – the coach is completely satisfied with him.

“I think we will go into the season with the current squad.”

The Express believes that a loan move for Shaqiri may still be on the cards for the Anfield outfit, despite the Kop reportedly ruling out such a move. The club would prefer to sign the youngster on a permanent basis, but Bayern are reluctant to sell someone they see as having huge potential despite the current pecking order in their squad.

Previous reports indicated that Liverpool were keen to offer around £20m for the Swiss international, but the chances of a deal being done now look slim.

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