Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing both Moussa Sissoko and Xherdan Shaqiri from Newcastle United and Stoke City respectively.
Sissoko’s future destination unknown
After performing brilliantly during the knock-out stages of the European Championship’s for France, Sissoko is believed to be a transfer target for both Juventus and Manchester United, as recently reported on Le 10 Sport.
There is understood to be a direct correlation between the two team’s interests in Sissoko, in the sense that they are both connected to Paul Pogba’s potential transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.
Specifically Juve view Sissoko as a suitable replacement for Pogba should they loss him to United. Conversely if United fail to sign Pogba then they would potentially seek to bolster their midfield by recruiting Sissoko.
However according to the French sports newspaper L’Equipe, Borussia Dortmund are now pursuing Sissoko, with talkSPORT recently revealing that Newcastle have valued the player at £35m. Ultimately the Magpies are in a strong bargaining position relative to the fee which they can command for Sissoko given that the 26-year-old still has three years remaining on his current contract.
Whilst it is as yet unclear as to the amount which Dortmund would be willing to pay for Sissoko, in order to sign the Frenchman, they are likely going to be required to break their transfer record of £23.5m, which they paid to Shaktar Donetsk for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Stoke’s Shaqiri interesting Dortmund
As a result of Mkhitaryan being sold to Manchester United for £26.3m last month, Dortmund are currently seeking a replacement for the Armenian, with the Bundesliga side having identified Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri as a potential option, according to The Sun.
After joining the Potters for a club record fee of £12m from Inter Milan last summer, despite producing several magic moments, Shaqiri performed inconsistently during the 2015-2016 season.
Nevertheless the 24-year-old remains a prodigious talent, which he showed fleetingly in his first year with the Potters and by scoring a wonderful overhead kick for Switzerland in their last 16 European Championship tie against Poland. That game ended 1-1 before Switzerland lost 5-3 on penalties, as Shaqiri emerged from the tournament with a great deal of credit for his performances.
As such the dilemma for Stoke is whether to decide to either sell the former Bayern Munich playmaker to Dortmund for a substantial profit or retain his services in the hope that he can help them to both, improve upon their best Premier League finish of ninth and mount a sustained challenge to qualify for Europe.
Ultimately the potential lure of playing in the Champions League and Bundesliga with Dortmund could motivate Shaqiri and his agent to try to engineer a move to the German club, as the Swiss internationalist undoubtedly has the potential to star at the highest level.