Newcastle After Top Swiss Winger – The Alpine Messi

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • thevirus

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Get this lad in if possible but let’s not forget to strengthen the defence

  • Bornandraised

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems like a totally unsubstantiated rumour (and why would Inter take a loss on him so soon after getting him), so not going to get too excited. But fuck he would be perfect for us and if Everton and Schalke are our only competition, then we would have a chance. Our bidding would have to start at 80K per week.

  • Bornandraised

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Seems like a totally unsubstantiated rumour (and why would Inter take a loss on him so soon after getting him), so not going to get too excited. But god all mighty he would be perfect for us and if Everton and Schalke are our only competition, then we would have a chance. Our bidding would have to start at 80K per week.

  • Palmer

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Get him in and one defender and i’m very happy, morning peeps

  • JDdubai

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Its only 1 report that say we are interested, still hopeful but I dont believe it is serious yet.

    Lets have Mbemba confirmed please.

  • thevirus

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Wondering what’s happening with the mbemba deal should of been sorted by now

  • sparky55

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    if you were mancini which one would you keep between shaquiri and Santon…a vey average left back or the alpine goal scoring powerhouse messi…urrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmm let me think about that one

  • Bornandraised

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Defense???? If we get Shaqiri, the team set-up should be that Shaqiri, Mitrovic, Aarons, Sissoko, and Ayoze get to do whatever they want. The rest of them stand in front of Krul and block what you can. Gini, after the ball ricochets off of Taylor’s face, pass the ball to one of the other lads who are waiting to attack.

    Cue Jose crying in the post game interview.

  • nut meg

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    It was reported a few weeks back that It was between Santon & Shaqiri who had to go.It think squad numbers was mentioned but not too sure.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Belfast – Not up to your standard of Gallows humour. But.
    My brother had Sepp Blatter as his Guy on Guy Fawkes day. Some time later his young son said to his mother that Guy Fawkes was on the television. It was on the news and word of his long awaited demise- no Belfast not Guy Fawkes! It doesn’t take that long for news to reach the North East.
    Well I thought it was funny but not every time I hear the story from a family member.

  • nut meg

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Forgot to say that’s It’s also been reported that Shaqiri has also fallen out with Mancini.


    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Xherdan Shaqiri is potentially world class, who ever signs him have a player. If by some sort of mircale (I don’t believe in them) while I sip my morning hot chocolate, we manage to sign him, then I would also start believing, that Mike Ashley is serious about changing his ways. Chances of this happening 2/10

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  • Brian Pinas

    Jul 25, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Unlikely. The “Power Cube” will most likely replace the outgoing Kevin De Bruyne at Wolfsberg. Yes we are paying higher fees – but not these sort of wages!

  • scout

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Cheers for the horse info

  • sparky55

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    geordie…whats the structure of the bet

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont know if the interest in Berahino is real. I wouldnt mind him in the side as a alternative to Austin. A natural for 4-3-3. Let’s sort out ST’s and then the defence. Wouldn’t mind a creative midfielder to replace Cabaye.

  • ls

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Keep repeating myself but shaqs best position is behind the strikers and not as a winger. He has the talent and all the necessary skills to play there but he likes to roam too much and never is where he should be.. so if we want a classic winger shaq is not the player nufc should go for.


    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Easy link to make, he’s getting touted around clubs and Newcastle are always thrown in the ring

    He’s a decent player though

  • Bornandraised

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m sorry to get a little frothy there, but if we support Mitrovic with a world class attacking midfielder in Shaqiri, the prodigy winger Aarons, the uber athletic Sissoko, and clever Ayoze, that attack has everything.

    I understand that Inter might want to sell but I can’t see them losing money on him. They’re not Chelsea, they can’t lose money on players they just bought (unless something is wrong with him).

    If the choice is between someone like Rolan and a new Defender OR just Shaqiri, I think it is no question, you get Shaqiri, see if the attack can devastate, and then worry about a new defender next transfer window.

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #20

    I would rather have both Shakira’s, one the player and the other as a cheer leader!!!!!!!
    Could even get Piquet as part of the deal.
    Tongue in cheek like………..

  • Altamullan

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #21

    I can’t help thinking that with the midfielders we have, and those we have been linked with, SMc has–for want of a better phrase–a total football fluid mIdfield formation in mind. Gini is an all rounder, SMc seems to view Siem dJ the same, Thauvin and Shaqiri have the same athleticism and all round ability as Sissoko. If ( and this is beyond my tactical ken–please advise if you know) he is set to play a ‘double six’ formation, with a true pivot pairing of Gini and de Jong(?)– GW best player in Holland last year, and in SMc’s view SdJ best player in Holland when he was managing there. This suggests to me a five man fluid midfield, without necessarily specialist defensive or winger roles: that said just guessing!

  • nut meg

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #22

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    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #23

    sparky55 – Just back each one to win, with the same amount on each, for a profit mate.

  • MassiveG

    Jul 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Not that turned on by Rolan tbh and if he comes in and we lose Cisse I will be raging.
    Abdennour was linked with Barca so that may be him out the picture. Then rudiger must be first choice then veltman over matip


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