Liverpool and Manchester United's hope of landing Xherdan Shaqiri this summer has suffered a blow after the Bayern Munich winger said a move to Juventus could be a good option.
The Merseyside club and the Red Devils were linked with a move in signing the Swiss international, with Brendan Rodgers' side making a £16m offer for the 22-year-old's services. His future with the Bundesliga champions remains uncertain with Pep Guardiola using Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben as the first choice wingers last season.
Shaqiri was a part of the Switzerland squad for the World Cup. The winger is currently on a holiday and he suggests a move to Turin will not be a step backwards.
"Juventus? I do not know if there are any contacts with the Bianconeri and are not even aware of Liverpool and Monaco," Shaqiri told Tuttosport.
"I'm on vacation and do not know yet what will happen, my future is concerned my brother. The only thing certain is that I have a contract with Bayern Monaco until 2016 we will see shortly."
"Surely Juventus could be a good option, and the same goes for Liverpool and Monaco. Juventus are a great club, who would not like to play? Bayern are, but I would not see Juventus as a backward step for my career," the Bayern winger concluded.
Any move from interested clubs for Shaqiri will not be an easy task in the ongoing summer transfer window. Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer has admitted the club is not willing to let the player at Allianz Arena.
Meanwhile, Liverpool keeper Brad Jones believes the Reds' summer signing Emre Can can be a great asset for Brendan Rodgers' side in the future.
"Obviously the boys that have just come in have been doing a bit of extra running and things so we're just waiting for them to get up to speed and catch up to the rest of the boys," Jones told Liverpool's official website.
"They look exciting in training and we got some glimpses of Emre who looks a good prospect for the future - only 20 years old - so I think we've brought in some good quality and I'm looking forward to seeing them all in action."