Leeds should sign Lazar Markovic once Liverpool complete Xherdan Shaqiri deal

According to the Daily Express, Liverpool have been tipped to sign Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, and Leeds United should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates goal against Serbia

Well, the Daily Express says that the Reds are one of the favourites to bring the 26-year-old Switzerland ace to Anfield this summer having missed out on a deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, with the player understood to have a £12m release clause in his contract following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship last term.

Shaqiri certainly showed how good he can be for his country in their latest 2018 World Cup match against Serbia, hitting the woodwork with a brilliant curling effort before he ran through from the halfway line and kept his composure to score the winning goal in a 2-1 win.

If the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan did arrive on Merseyside, he would be competing with the likes of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Adam Lallana for a spot in the starting XI for the 2018 Champions League finalists.

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Why should Leeds be monitoring the situation?

Well, new Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa, who has been urged to sign an exciting 19-year-old World Cup attacker dubbed ‘the next Harry Kewell’, will be looking to strengthen his newly-inherited squad this summer to ensure that the Yorkshire outfit are serious promotion contenders in the upcoming season, and one of his priorities may well be to add some quality in wide areas in his preferred 3-3-1-3/3-3-3-1 formations.

Lazar Markovic, rated at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, has struggled to make an impact for Liverpool since joining them in 2014, and he has had loan spells with Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht since, with the one with the Tigers proving to be the most fruitful.

At 24 years of age he still has time on his side to improve however, and he has the potential to shine in the Championship under Bielsa’s system in 2018/19.