New Southampton manager Mark Hughes is reportedly lining up a club-record £20m move for Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri this summer if he keeps them in the Premier League and extends his stay at St Mary’s, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
The Daily Star says that the Welsh boss is keen to be reunited with the 26-year-old, who earns £65,000-a-week according to The Mirror, after he brought him to the Britannia Stadium from Inter Milan in 2015, with the Switzerland international scoring seven goals and providing a further six assists in 29 top flight appearances for the south coast outfit’s fellow strugglers this term.
Any prospective deal would be dependent on Saints securing avoiding relegation to the Championship – they currently lie two points from safety with eight games remaining – while Hughes’ future is also far from certain considering his deal is due to expire at the climax of the campaign.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one described him as the “Alpine Messi”, another said “he’s the only player worth having from that team”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I’d love it but just more lazy journalism
— Dan🏴🇺🇸 (@HolyHojbjerg) March 21, 2018
Alpine Messi 😍 But again, some lazy journalism, I fear.
— Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett) March 21, 2018
Perhaps the media might like to wait until the end of the season and see if Hughes does actually still have a job at #saintsfc before linking us with loads of players he used to manage
— Darren Boyce-Smith (@Boyce_SmithDJ) March 22, 2018
He's the only player worth having from that team. Can't see it though.
— Phil Hurst (@philly_1987) March 22, 2018
Too inconsistent imo
— George Maunders (@Maunders1995) March 22, 2018
his wages might be an issue
— 1885theartof (@1885theartof) March 21, 2018