Liverpool Leading Race For £13.5m Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool Leading Race For £13.5m Xherdan Shaqiri
Jun 11, 2018

Liverpool News

Liverpool are said to be targeting Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri following the disappointment of a collapse in the deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.

Shaqiri looks set to leave Stoke after the Potters’ suffered relegation from the Premier League, with a number of fellow top flight clubs taking an interest in the Swiss international’s signature.

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According to ESPN, an entourage consisting of Shaqiri’s brother and agent met with Liverpool officials last Friday and held positive discussions over a potential summer move to Merseyside. However, talks are also ongoing with several other clubs.

It is believed that the 26-year-old has a release clause of around £13.5million in his contract that can be now activated due to Stoke’s relegation meaning he provides a tempting proposition for many clubs.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is keen to bolster his attacking options this summer, as he searches for a capable understudy to the sensational trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. Shaqiri netted eight goals and gathered a further seven assists last season, outlining himself as a standout player in what was a very poor, under-whelming Stoke City team.

The potential signing of the former Bayern Munich player would represent a bargain in terms of today’s market and would help the Reds’ save money in their pursuit of signing a top-class goalkeeper – believed to be AS Roma shot-stopper Alisson – and a Philippe Coutinho replacement after talks over a £52million move for Lyon ace Nabil Fekir fell through.

Despite the Anfield side moving swiftly to secure Shaqiri as their potential third summer signing of the window, after the midfield arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keïta, it is not thought that the winger is seen as an alternative to Fekir.

 

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