Liverpool are closing in on their third summer signing with discussions for Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri understood to be progressing nicely.
The Switzerland international, currently on holiday after appearing at the World Cup, has a release clause in the region of £13.5million and the Potters are resigned to losing one of their prized assets after relegation from the Premier League.
The Liverpool Echo claims Shaqiri, who has been linked with Man Utd, favours a move to Anfield and Stoke are keen to get the deal done because they are interested in taking one of Liverpool’s youngsters, such as Harry Wilson or Sheyi Ojo, on loan.
Shaqiri is seen as a player who will strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s squad by providing quality back-up to an established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Fimino and Sadio Mane and Transfermarketweb last night claimed talks were underway.
Those talks have not been reported by numerous sources.
Speaking about his future earlier this month Shaqiri expressed his desire to remain in the Premier League, saying: “Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football. Everybody knows that.”
He was Stoke’s standout player in the Premier League last campaign and he played an important role as Switzerland reached the last-16 of the World Cup.
Further reports on Wednesday afternoon claimed Liverpool were confident of getting the deal done before they depart for the United States on July 19.