Liverpool hopeful of surprise swoop for cut-price Stoke talent

Date published: Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:50

Liverpool are looking to wrap up a surprise swoop for Xherdan Shaqiri, who looks set to leave Stoke for a bargain fee following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship.

The Swiss attacker has a release clause in his contract, believed to be around £12m-£13.5m, and has drawn an army of suitors who are all keen to poach the talented star.

ESPN, The Telegraph and The Guardian all report that the diminutive 26-year-old is on Jurgen Klopp’s list of summer targets.

With so many publications being fed the same information, the interest is likely to be genuine and from the player’s agent.

ESPN claim however, from a different source, that Liverpool were yet to approach Stoke with an offer.

The player himself has stated his desire to stay in England and has no intention of playing in the second tier.

“It is no secret that I will leave the club,” he told Aargauer Zeitung earlier this week.

“I think the (English) league is perfect for me. I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.”

 

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

Xherdan Shaqiri: Could have moved to Liverpool

Liverpool were close to signing Shaqiri from Bayern Munich in 2014, only for the Germans to block the transfer.

Klopp has signed £52.75m Naby Keita for this season and has already added Monaco midfielder Fabinho to his squad this summer for £43.7m and wants Lyon captain Nabil Fekir too.

 

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