Wolfsburg could consider Shaqiri-Perisic swap with Inter

Klaus Allofs says that the Bundesliga outfit would consider requesting that the Swiss be involved any proposed deal for their Croatia striker

Xherdan Shaqiri might have to be used as a makeweight if Inter want to sign Ivan Perisic, Wolfsburg have warned.

The Croatian’s agent, Tonci Martic, announced on Monday that his player had received a “fantastic offer” but added: “We will have to discuss this with Wofsburg, though. We respect the club and don’t know whether they are willing to sell Ivan.”

And Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has insisted that money alone will not encourage the club to allow Perisic to leave for Inter.

“Basically, we want to keep hold of our team,” Allofs told Bild. “There have also been no offers that have arrived with us which could be deemed appropriate.”

When pushed on a potential swap for Shaqiri, who has struggled with the Nerazzurri since leaving Bayern Munich in January, Allofs admitted the club might assess such an offer.

“We always say it, we have mature players. If something serious would be presented, we’d have a look at it and weigh up the pros and cons.

“But for us, unlike perhaps at some other clubs, the sporting interests outweigh economic considerations.”

Inter coach Roberto Mancini conceded recently that Shaqiri could be sacrificed as he looks to build his squad for 2015-16.

“Shaqiri didn’t play because he is tired,” Mancini told Mediaset after Inter’s 4-3 friendly win over Stuttgart Kickers on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, as we need to limit the squad to 25 players, for those we sign someone else has to leave. I understand it is very difficult to leave Inter, but we have to sacrifice a few of them.”

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