Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb reported Wednesday that Swiss wonderkid Xherdan Shaqiri is close to joining Atlético.
In an exclusive, they claim the youngster has given the go-ahead to an €8 million winter move, snubbing interest from the likes of Bayern Munich.
At just 20 years of age, Shaqiri is regarded as one of the brightest talents in European football. He already has fifteen international caps to his name, and has played in the Champions League for FC Basel.
The diminutive winger has been a regular for the Swiss champions since 2009, and back in October of last year scored a stunning long-range strike against England, which helped him establish continental reputation.
Shaqiri also represented the Swiss Under-21 side in the European Championships last summer, scoring once in a win against Denmark.
Since then, he added to his international tally with a hat-trick against Bulgaria in September, but was unable to help Switzerland qualify for next summer’s senior tournament.
If the rumours are true, a possible departure for José Antonio Reyes would look to be on the cards. The Andalusian winger has suffered from a loss of form this season and reportedly fell out with Gregorio Manzano after last month’s defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
Like Reyes, Shaqiri has an excellent left foot and is known for his explosive pace and technique.
With the likes of Eduardo Salvio, Pizzi, Arda Turan and Juanfran already on the squad, he would certainly strengthen the club’s left-sided options after missing out on Pablo Piatti and Antoine Griezmann in the summer.
What is your opinion on Shaqiri? How much would you pay for him? Can he be the man to provide quality service to Falcao?