Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014
Juventus have received encouraging signals following a meeting with representatives who have been dealing with Xherdan Shaqiri's future.
The Bianconeri have rekindled their interest in the Bayern Munich winger following the appointment of Massimiliano Allegri as coach and the disappointment of missing out on Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal earlier this summer.
And their first steps towards signing Shaqiri have been positive, according to Sky Italia, meaning a meeting with the player's brother, who also acts as his main agent, is now on the cards in the coming days.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, including Liverpool, Roma and Monaco.
Bayern Munich have insisted that they are not considering selling the winger they bought from Basel in 2012, but Shaqiri has cut an unhappy figure in recent months.
He has bemoaned the 2013/14 campaign at the Allianz Arena, explaining he is not willing to repeat the experience, feeling he was consistently overlooked for Bayern Munich's biggest games.
Shaqiri, who scored a hat-trick at this summer's World Cup, has also suggested he does not get along as well with current coach Pep Guardiola as he did with the Spaniard's predecessor, Jupp Heynckes.
Whether Juventus can make the breakthrough and take the winger to Italy in the current transfer window however remains to be seen.