According to the Guardian, Liverpool could be set to make a move to sign Stoke attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. The 26-year-old is set to leave the Potters after their relegation last season and has a release clause that would allow him to exit for around £12million.
Stoke paid around £12million to sign Shaqiri back in 2015 when he joined from Italian club Internazionale. The enigmatic star has a reputation for producing breath-taking skill, but also for his inconsistency.
Shaqiri in the shop window in Russia
The attacking midfielder is reportedly in-demand with Everton, Tottenham and West Ham also monitoring his situation in Staffordshire. One thing looks for sure, he will not be turning out for Potters in the English second tier next season.
Shaqiri has the perfect shop window in which to sell himself in this summer’s World Cup. He has scored 20 goals for his national side, including firing home a hat-trick four years ago against Honduras to help his team to the last 16 of the World Cup.
Liverpool are also reportedly interested in signing France and Lyon star Nabil Fekir, so Shaqiri may be the back-up option. Shaqiri will be keen to help his country progress from a group also containing World Cup favourites Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica.
Shaqiri is likely to be playing in the Premier League next season
Shaqiri has stated he would like to stay in the English top-flight next season. It seems his wish will come true with the number of Premier League clubs chasing his signature.
First for Shaqiri is the small matter of the World Cup. Switzerland have never made it past the round of 16 at a World Cup. After impressive displays in qualifying, Vladimir Petkovic’s side will be confident of matching the performance of 2014 and make it to the knockout stages, no doubt with Shaqiri a central figure in the team.
Will Liverpool sign Xherdan Shaqiri this summer?