Liverpool told to give up on Bundesliga starlet

Bayern Munich's Xherdan ShaqiriLiverpool have been warned off Xherdan Shaqiri by Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, The Metro reports.

The Merseyside club are thought to be readying a £20million bid for the highly-rated 21-year-old, after losing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund.

However, Rummenigge has made it clear that the creative midfielder is very much a part of future plans at the Allianz Arena.

Liverpool have not made an offer for Shaqiri and we want to keep him,” he said.

“We neither want to loan him out nor sell him. Pep Guardiola rates him very highly.”

Brendan Rodgers had been hoping that Shaqiri would be easily swayed on a move to Anfield, with his playing time at Munich looking set for reduction following the arrival of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara.

Meetings are said to be planned between the Swiss international and new manager Guardiola, in order to discuss Shaqiri’s role in the coming season.

He was signed from FC Basel last year on a four-year contract. So far he has appeared 39 times for the European champions, contributing eight goals and 13 assists.

With a deal looking unlikely though, Liverpool, according to The Telegraph, have contacted Atletico Mineiro about 20-year-old Brazilian Bernard.

He has a release clause of £20million, although is reportedly being chased by a host of Europe’s top clubs.

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