Inter-Milan manager Roberto Mancini bought both Davide Santon from Newcastle and Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich in January, but he has admitted that one of them must be sold this summer, because he will not have room for both of them in his 25 man Inter-Milan squad for next season.
Xherdan Shaqiri scoring for Inter against Celtic
That’s Virgil van Dijk behind him – another Newcastle target
The Swiss International is just 5′ 7″ tall, but don’t let that fool you, because the man is built like a tank, and he is very strong and well suited to the Premier League.
When Steve McClaren said last week Newcastle would be making some surprise signings that are currently not on the radar screen, Xherdan could be one of them, because he is available and he’s a top player.
There is news In Italy that Newcastle are interested in the 46 times capped Swiss International (17 goals) along with Everton, but with him being such a good player it’s not surprising there have already been a number of clubs linked with the 23 year-old, who was born in Gjilan, Yugoslavia in 1991.
Newcastle have already been linked with him in the Italian press earlier this summer, and that was after Stoke had reached an agreement with Inter for him, but he didn’t want to move to Stoke City.
He emigrated to Switzerland when he was just one year old, and now he has dual nationality – Swiss and Albanian – and he elected to play for Switzerland.
He has played for FC Basel and Bayern Munich, before he moved to Italy in January and he is a skilled winger who can score goals.
Bundesliga club Schalke 04 are reported to be in the lead to sign Shaqiri, so he may move back to Germany, but other clubs are interested.
Two weeks ago we wouldn’t have thought it was possible for Newcastle to sign this player.
But since then we have signed two top players in Gini Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, so it seems that Newcastle still have some drawing power for the top players.
This lad would be a fantastic signing for Newcastle, and we hope he’s one who is under the radar screen.
It would be a sensational deal if Newcastle can bring him to Tyneside.
In his career at FC Basel, Bayern Munich and Inter – he’s played a total of 231 times with 43 goals and 48 assists.
Shaqiri has speed on and off the ball and on FIFA’s web-site he’s described as a player who is unpredictable on the ball, adept with both feet, clinical in front of goal and possessing excellent vision.
Hey – just what Newcastle need.
He has been nicknamed “the Alpine Messi”and “the Magic Dwarf” – take your choice – we’ll take the Alpine Messi.
Yes, he’s a long shot, but on the other hand how many Newcastle fans thought we could bring Wijnaldum and Mitrovic in this summer – all in one week?