Liverpool hit major stumbling block in pursuit of bargain attacker

Date published: Friday 8th June 2018 8:37

Liverpool have reportedly hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Stoke forward Xherdan Shaqiri.

With Liverpool finalising a deal for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir in the next 24 hours, Jurgen Klopp’s spending will not end there with at least two new recruits in addition to Fabinho, Fekir and Naby Keita.

The Times, who were one of the first outlets to report the £48.4million, plus £4.4million in add ons fee for Fekir last night, report that a goalkeeper and possibly another attacking player remain on Klopp’s wishlist.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson is Klopp’s preferred goalkeeping recruit, but Roma are playing hardball with the €65million-rated player and refusing to sell after allowing Mohamed Salah to leave for Anfield for £36.9million last summer.

The report claims “negotiations with Roma are proving difficult”, which may well force Klopp to look elsewhere and with the German apparently keen to get all his new men on board before the start of pre-season in early July, time is ticking away.

ESPN, The Telegraph and The Guardian all reported on Wednesday night that the diminutive 26-year-old Swiss attacker Shaqiri, was also a target for Klopp.

Liverpool, along with several other Premier League suitors, have been attracted by a relegation release clause in his contract, reported to be around £12m.

However, The Times now claim Shaqiri’s  release clause is “more than the £12million that has been publicly stated” and that has put a major question mark over Klopp’s pursuit of the player.

It may well mean that Liverpool’s recruitment team of Michael Edwards, Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter will move on to other targets with Shaqiri not seen as the bargain he may have appeared to be.

Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton have also been linked with Shaqiri, who hit eight goals and seven assists in 38 games for the relegated Potters.

 

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