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Swiss International Xherdan Shaqiri is finding playing time hard to come by at Bayern Munich, might he be interested in a move to Spurs.

Lennart Preiss

Bayern Munich are the best team in the world and have some of the best players in the world managed by one of the best managers in the world. So, what's a guy to do if you can't consistently break into the first team? If you're Xherdan Shaqiri, then the answer seems to be go somewhere else.

Shaqiri, who joined Bayern from FC Basel back in 2012 for just over €11 million. Unfortunately for Shaqiri, he's never been able to force his way past the other attacking talents at Bayern like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, and more recently Mario Goetze. The choice to move away seems to be an easy one. The difficult part may just be choosing a club.

Teams that are rumored to be interested in Xherdan Shaqiri include, obviously, Tottenham Hotspur, and, no less obviously, Liverpool. Clearly we don't actually have scouts. Arsenal and Juventus are also linked with Shaqiri, but if he thought Bayern Munich's attacking midfield was crowded, then I can't imagine what he'll think of Liverpool and Arsenal. The price for Shaqiri is rumored to be 23 million Euro or just under 20 million pounds. I'd say that's not exorbitant and perhaps something Tottenham would be willing to pay.

At just 23, the Swiss international still has plenty of good football ahead of him. He's comfortable with either foot and is incredibly quick. He can play on either wing or as a number 10. At Spurs, he would likely be best used as a playmaking winger in tandem with Christian Eriksen as the number 10, flanked by your inside forward of preference (e.g. Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, or Andros Townsend). No matter where he played, his pace would be a huge asset to the quick counterattacks that manager Mauricio Pochettino would like to see.

January is a hard time to find value in the transfer window, but €23 million for Shaqiri seems like a pretty good deal and one that I wouldn't mind Spurs making.