Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri Reuters

Liverpool have reportedly set their sights on signing Manchester United target Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to the Express.

The Bayern Munich winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as the Red Devils have long been interested in signing him. United are set to lose out on roping in Shaqiri and Liverpool are poised to beat their arch-rivals for the player's signature.

The report claims the Reds have opened talks with Shaqiri over a transfer to Anfield after the Merseyside club's bid to sign Adam Lallana failed in the last few days. The Southampton midfielder has long been a transfer target for their manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool's first bid of £20m was rejected by the Saints as the Reds were asked to improve their offer. Southampton are looking for £30m to let the England international leave St Mary's Stadium.

Lallana's move to Merseyside has hit a roadblock and the former Swansea manager is now looking for alternatives to strengthen Liverpool's squad for the next season. Rodgers has turned his attention to landing the Swiss international.

Shaqiri has failed to cement his place since Pep Guardiola took charge of the Bundesliga champions last summer. During the 2013/14 season, the 22-year-old made only 10 starts in the league.

The Express claims the Swiss winger wants to leave the Allianz Arena and Liverpool are keen on landing him in the summer transfer window. A move for Bayern's wide man will cost the Reds £15m.

Should Liverpool seal a deal for Shaqiri, then it will possibly end their pursuit of Southampton star Lallana.

The winger's contract with Bayern runs out in 2016 and has admitted that he is happy with his current employers. However, Shaqiri has said that if a big club comes calling, he would evaluate the situation.

"I never said that I want to leave Bayern Munich. I am feeling very well here and I am not thinking about leaving," Shaqiri told Sport1.

"My brother just gave his opinion, although he was also slightly misquoted. Of course, if a major club were to make a move, you consider it, any player would do the same."