Liverpool in talks to sign Xherdan Shaqiri

11 July, 2018, 14:14 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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The Switzerland worldwide is keen to leave Stoke after their relegation from the Premier League and is reported to have a release clause in his contract, although the exact details of that remain unknown.

Liverpool have begun formal negotiations with Stoke City over the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports.

The relegation ensured that a new release clause was triggered in Shaqiri's contract, with the 26-year-old now allowed to depart the club for a modest fee of £13 million - a true bargain in today's market.

"Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football".

Despite finishing in the lucrative Champions League spots, the Reds were quite some distance from threatening eventual Premier League champions, Manchester City, who finished with 25 more points than Jurgen Klopp's side.

Shaqiri would not be seen as someone to come in and start games immediately, though Klopp appreciates the importance of depth across his attacking positions.


Shaqiri's career makes for impressive reading despite the recent relegation with Stoke, with stints at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan displaying the huge potential the 5'7 winger possessed earlier in his playing days.

With Switzerland back from the World Cup after being eliminated by Sweden in the Round of 16, negotiations can progress and Shaqiri "has been considering his options since his involvement in Russian Federation was ended".

Liverpool may be able to sweeten any deal by offering a player on loan.

Now, Pearce writes that talks have been opened with Stoke as Liverpool look to capitalise on the Potters being relegated last season. A deal for the Lyon captain may yet be resurrected after France's World Cup campaign, however.

Calls for Liverpool to sign a goalkeeper were intensified after Loris Karius' mistake against Tranmere this week, but the club have made no progress with regards to a move for Alisson Becker, their preferred target.

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