Inter Milan put Xherdan Shaqiri on the market, and he’s garnered a bit of interest, but it’s taken a while for a Champions League team to show any serious intent.
With the shocking news that Stoke City was posting a serious challenge for the Swiss international, a few other clubs in European play have finally emerged as contenders for his signature.
La Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Inter approached Tottenham Hotspur and offered a swap-deal for Shaqiri with Erik Lamela moving in the other direction. It’s unclear what kind of interest – if any – Spurs would have in that deal, but Lamela was in and out of the starting lineup last season with positive but inconsistent performances. Lamela came to Spurs from Serie A, so he’s a known commodity in Italy, and would be highly valued there despite owning just two goals and eight assists in 42 Premier League appearances for Spurs.
Champions League interest finally comes in the form of Atletico Madrid. According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Arda Turan’s likely exit is fueling Atletico’s interest in Shaqiri, and the club is looking at a number of players to fill that void, including Carlos Vela and Gohkan Tore in addition to Shaqiri.
Stoke had a formal bid accepted by Inter, but there are reports from Italy that Shaqiri is stalling in the hopes of waiting out interest from another team, with little interest in joining a team like Stoke that doesn’t offer European play.