Juventus may turn their attention to Wesley Sneijder should they miss out on Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri.

The rumour mill seems to have gone into overdrive in the last few weeks following Max Allegri’s comments about a playmaker and Beppe Marotta’s declaring ‘yes’ to a trequartista, should the right opportunity present itself.

Sky Sports Germany reported Juventus had met with Shaqiri’s agents and a deal was in place but it seems the Bianconeri are facing stiff opposition for the Swiss midfielder with both Inter Milan and Liverpool now in the race.

Sky Italia report today that Inter are ahead of Juventus as they’d be prepared to take Shaqiri on loan while agreeing to an obligatory buy-out clause at the end of the season. Juve on the other hand have met with Shaqiri’s agent and agreed a deal with the player but have yet to agree terms with Bayern over a possible transfer.

As if that didn’t complicate matters enough, Liverpool have now entered the fray and are offering Bayern €14m to buy the player outright in the winter transfer window.

Shaqiri has been very public about his intention to leave the German champions in order to get playing time. Both Max Allegri and Pavel Nedved are known admirers of the player while having fellow Swiss international Stephan Lichtsteiner at Juventus couldn’t hurt matters.

If the newspapers in Italy are to be believed, Juventus won’t waste any time should a deal for Shaqiri not materialse. Today’s Tuttosport suggests Juve are ready to offer Ex-Inter Milan and current Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder an 18-month contract worth €4.5m in total.

Max Allegri was quite vocal about Juve’s aims to sign the Dutchman stating just yesterday that “Sneijder is a feasible luxury.”

Tuttosport report that Galatasaray are holding out for €8m, but Juventus are hoping that Sneijder’s desire to leave coupled with his problems over outstanding wages could force a cheap exit from Istanbul.

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