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Bayern snap up highly rated winger Xherdan Shaqiri

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German giants Bayern Munich have beaten the likes of Galatasaray and Manchester United to the signature of Basel winger Xherdan Shaqiri. The 20-year old will join Bayern in the summer.

A statement on Bayern's website read, “Bayern Munich and FC Basel 1893 have agreed the terms of a transfer deal for 20-year-old Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri. The 1.69 m / 5 ft 6 in midfielder, who completed his obligatory pre-transfer medical in Munich this week, has signed a four-year contract with FC Bayern, dated from 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2016.”

Bayern’s manager Jupp Heynckes stated to the club’s website, “Xherdan’s intelligent play and dribbling skill will add to our team’s strength next season. I’ve been observing him for a while now, and I’m convinced he can become a very important player for FC Bayern.”

Director of Sport Christian Nerlinger echoed Heynckes’ sentiments and added, “We’re delighted we’ve secured the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, one of the most sought-after talents in European football.”

Although Shaqiri’s signing will be a coup of sorts for Bayern, it may not be the best move for the player himself, especially if he wants some immediate game time. Shaqiri’s preferred position is out wide and Bayern currently have two top quality players on both wings in the form of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. As Robben and Ribery , both 28-years of age, are in the prime of their career, Shaqiri is likely to be used in a rotation system instead of being used a regular first team starter. Although Ribery could be moved inside to operate behind the striker, Thomas Muller currently occupies that spot and is likely to continue in that role.

It is for this reason that one feels that Shaqiri is more of a long term acquisition and will be taught the nuances of the game by the German outfit before being eased into the first team, instead of being thrust into action immediately.

The Swiss player can certainly learn a lot from the duo of Robben and Ribery and will be hoping that he can make an impact sooner rather than later and cement a place in the first team, although that will be easier said than done, especially with the aforementioned duo having scored a combined total of 18 goals this season.