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Sevilla are reportedly lining up a double swoop for Liverpool attacking duo Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino. The La Liga club are keen on bolstering their options at the top end of the field and the Reds could be willing to cash in on both players this summer.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to entertain offers for a host of fringe players when the transfer window reopens, as he looks to improve the club’s squad depth.
The Premier League champions have been really lacking in that department this season while the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all used their quality in reserve to their advantage.
Wholesale changes are expected at Anfield with the board set to back Klopp in the transfer market.
But first he may need to clear the decks and create room in his squad, meaning there could be a number of cut-throat decisions on the horizon.
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Spanish newspaper La Razon suggest that Liverpool may have two difficult calls to make in the attacking department.
They claim that Sevilla would be prepared to pay €15million (£12.9m) for Shaqiri and €10m (£8.5m) for Minamino this summer.
Both players are of interest to the Andalusians, who are cautious they may lose star striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
Borussia Dortmund are eyeing the Moroccan international as a potential replacement for Erling Haaland.
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En-Nesyri was the subject of an offer from West Ham in the January transfer window that was waved away by Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan chiefs.
Shaqiri’s current wages could prove a problem for Sevilla but the deal would be easier to facilitate if they lost En-Nesyri.
The club have been tracking the Swiss for quite some time and lodged an enquiry in January 2020 but Liverpool insisted he was not for sale.
Minamino’s Anfield future remains unclear with the Japanese international currently enjoying life on loan at Southampton.
He has netted twice in six Premier League games for the Saints, who may also be interested in a permanent deal.
The 26-year-old did not play again for the Reds in the Premier League after netting in the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace in December.
Both Shaqiri and Minamino have struggled for minutes on Merseyside in the shadow of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The arrival of Diogo Jota has also pushed them even further down the attacking pecking order, with opportunities few and far between.
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