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04 March 2024

Bayern set to sign Swiss star Shaqiri from Basel


Bayern Munich are set to sign midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri for next season from Champions League rivals FC Basel, with media reports here claiming the Swiss has already had a medical in the Bavarian city.

Shaqiri is set to play against Bayern on February 22 in the Champions League, Round of 16, first-round clash in Basel with the return match in Munich on March 13.

The 20-year-old arrived in Munich on Tuesday with his agent and his brother and was photographed at Bayern's training centre.

The Swiss star underwent a medical while his agent spoke with Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger, according to German daily Bild.

After Bayern missed out on signing Borussia Moenchengladbach's Marco Reus, who will join Dortmund next season, Munich are reported to be se to offer Shaqiri a four-year deal.

"The transfer makes sense," Swiss coach and former Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld told Bild.

"I told (Bayern chairman) Uli Hoeness a year ago that Xherdan is an outstanding player, someone who can easily adapt and evolve to play at the highest level."