Inter complete signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich


The Serie A club confirmed on Thursday that they had reached an agreement with the German champions for the Switzerland international’s signature.

And they have now ironed out the details of a deal that will see Shaqiri stay at San Siro until June 2019.

A brief statement on Inter’s official website read: “FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that Xherdan Shaqiri in now an Inter player. The Switzerland international has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract until 30 June 2019.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to wish Shaqiri a very warm welcome. We would also like to thank FC Bayern Munich and the FIGC [Italian Football Federation] for their help in completing the deal positively and quickly.”

His capture follows that of Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski – who joined on loan on Monday – and comes on the same day that midfielder Mateo Kovacic signed a new contract with the club.

With Inter sitting 11th in the Italian top flight, coach Roberto Mancini will hope that the addition of Shaqiri can help his side move towards the upper reaches of the table.

Shaqiri won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal twice in his time at Bayern, in which he aided the Bavarians on their way to UEFA Champions League success in 2013.

However, he has been restricted to just five starts for Pep Guardiola’s men this term, failing to secure regular football in the face of stiff competition.

Yet Shaqiri is an important player for his country and netted a hat-trick against Honduras to ensure Switzerland’s place in the last 16 of the World Cup, where they lost to eventual finalists Argentina.

Shaqiri could make his debut when Inter host Genoa on Sunday.

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