In-demand Shaqiri snubs United and Liverpool
Published 09:13 09/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Basle star Xherdan Shaqiri, who had been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United.
The 20-year-old Swiss midfielder passed a medical in Munich earlier this week.
The Bavarian club has now announced that a formal agreement has been reached with Basle and the player, who has signed a four-year contract, will join them from the start of next season.
"We are delighted that we have been able to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, one of the most coveted young talents in European football," said Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is looking forward to working with the Switzerland international next season too.
"Xherdan will strengthen our team next season with his intelligence and his dribbling skills," he said.
"I have been watching him for a while now and am convinced that he can become an important player for FC Bayern."
Shaqiri will get a close look of his future employers in just under a fortnight when Basle host Bayern in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The size of the transfer fee has not been disclosed, but the player is believed to have a market value of around 10 million euros.