Shaqiri and Mourinho would an awful match, Man Utd should leave him for Liverpool

Manchester United are interested in a cut-price move for Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, according to The Sun.

What’s the story, then?

The Sun report that Shaqiri will be allowed to leave the Potters for just £12m and that Mourinho has told his friends how impressed he has been with the Swiss international’s performances at the World Cup.

They also claim that Shaqiri wants to remain in English football and is open to a move to Old Trafford following his side’s last 16 exit at the hands of Sweden.

They say that Liverpool also hold an interest in the winger’s services and hint that a transfer battle could be on the cards between the bitter rivals.

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United should abandon their bid

Jose Mourinho demands that his widemen work exceptionally hard defensively and Shaqiri does not fit that profile at all.

He has spent the season strolling around at Stoke, and Klopp’s more liberal approach may suit him better. He does demand hard work but it generally in a forward-thinking way, pressing the ball.

Also, Klopp may be looking for a creative backup for Mo Salah and co, so a cut-price deal would make more sense for him than it would for Mourinho.