“The goal is to play in the Bundesliga again.” Xherdan Shaqiri openly said during Inter Milan’s China tour. The 23 year old Swiss international is set to return to the German league after his six month stay in Italy. After being mainly linked with FC Schalke, who aren’t flush enough to pay the €15 million price tag without selling Julian Draxler, Borussia Dortmund have been thrown into the mix as well.
The emerged rumor has hit a nerve with Borussia Dortmund fans, as the club would have to make room in their crowded midfield first. Thomas Tuchel is ready to offload fan favourite Jakub Blaszczykowski for Shaqiri, according to Bild. Blaszczykowski has been plagued by injuries in the last two seasons, being out with a torn cruciate ligament for eleven Months and is yet to regain his full fitness. The 29 year old Pole, whose contract runs until 2018, is one of the most loved players by BVB fans and Tuchel would quickly fall out of grace, if they had to see one of their icons go. Blaszczykowski’s player agent Wolfgang Vogel has already told Bild, that his client is feeling “Very comfortable in Dortmund and a transfer is not being considered.”
Aside from the angry mob of BVB fans, would it make sense for Borussia Dortmund to splash €15 million for Xherdan Shaqiri?
Undoubtedly, the 23 year old offensive midfielder would fit into the Dortmund squad. The compact Swiss international is pacy, can dribble past opponents and has an eye for goal. But he isn’t good enough to stand out of Borussia Dortmund’s well endowed midfield and it’s unlikely that he’d be a regular starter for BVB. There is simply no reason for the black and yellows to spend a lot of money on a player, who doesn’t want to be squad player – otherwise he still would be warming FC Bayern’s bench or be on the fringe at Inter.
For BVB it would be wiser to spend that kind of money on a new striker, since there is a vacancy on that position, while Ruhr-Rivals Schalke are in demand for a winger after Jefferson Farfan’s departure. If it was Dortmund’s plan to drive up Shaqirir’s price tag in order to make the deal more expensive for their neighbors, it would have been a cheeky haggle. Though all in all it is highly unlikely to see Xherdan Shaqiri in a Dortmund shirt anytime soon.
Would you sell off Jakub Blaszczykowski to land Xherdan Shaqiri?