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Bayern Munich swoop for Swiss star Shaqiri

Bayern Munich are set to sign midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri for next season from Champions League rivals FC Basel, with media reports claiming the Swiss has already had a medical in the Bavarian city.

Bayern Munich swoop for Swiss star Shaqiri
Seb Stanbury (File)

Shaqiri is set to play against Bayern on February 22nd in the Champions League, Round of 16, first-round clash in Basel with the return match in Munich on March 13th.

The 20-year-old arrived in Munich on Tuesday with his agent and his brother and was photographed at Bayern’s training centre.

The Swiss star underwent a medical while his agent spoke with Bayern’s director of sport Christian Nerlinger, according to German daily Bild.

After Bayern missed out on signing Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marco Reus, who will join Dortmund next season, Munich are reported to be set to offer Shaqiri a four-year deal.

“The transfer makes sense,” Swiss coach and former Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld told Bild.

“I told (Bayern chairman) Uli Hoeness a year ago that Xherdan is an outstanding player, someone who can easily adapt and evolve to play at the highest level.”

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Coronavirus forces Basel FC to move home Europa League clash

FC Basel will be unable to play the second leg of this month's Europa League last 16 tie against Eintracht Frankfurt in their home city, the Swiss club announced on Monday, due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

Coronavirus forces Basel FC to move home Europa League clash
Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

“The second leg (19th March) of our @EuropaLeague Round of 16 clash with @Eintracht will not take place in Basel due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Switzerland,” Basel said on Twitter.

In a statement, the club added they believed “several hundred visiting supporters would go to Basel and gather outside the stadium during the match”.

The decisions comes after local police decided to bar the match from being played in the city, and the club did not indicate where the match might be held.

Last week the Swiss football league suspended the country's top-flight Super League until March 23 in an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 3,800 people worldwide.

Contacted by AFP, UEFA said they were “studying all possible scenarios”.

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