Bayern secure Shaqiri signing

Swiss playmaker to link up with German giants in the summer

Xherdan Shaqiri: Has agreed a four-year contract with Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich have won the race for highly-coveted Basel playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, with a deal set to be pushed through in the summer.

The Switzerland international has passed a medical with the Bundesliga giants and will pen a four-year contract upon his arrival at the Allianz Arena.

The 20-year-old is considered to be one of European football's hottest prospects and Bayern are hoping he will continue to flourish during his time in German football.

"We are delighted that we have been able to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, one of the most coveted young talents in European football," said Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is also looking forward to working with Shaqiri from 2012/13.

Intelligence

"Xherdan will strengthen our team next season with his intelligence and his dribbling skills," he said.

"I have been watching him for a while now and am convinced that he can become an important player for FC Bayern."

Shaqiri will get a close look of his future employers when Basel host Bayern in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

The size of the transfer fee has not been disclosed, but the player is believed to have a market value of around 10 million euros (£8.4m).