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Liverpool open Xherdan Shaqiri transfer negotiations with Stoke City

11 July, 2018, 16:57 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke as they look to make Xherdan Shaqiri their latest summer signing.

With Switzerland back from the World Cup after being eliminated by Sweden in the Round of 16, negotiations can progress and Shaqiri "has been considering his options since his involvement in Russian Federation was ended".

Following Stoke's relegation to the Championship, the 26-year-old expressed a desire to remain in the Premier League, recently stating it is "no secret" he will leave the bet365 Stadium.

Shaqiri does have a release clause but the exact details are unknown at this stage, though the fee is believed to be higher than the widely reported £12m.

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 Press Association Sport understands Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke with a view to taking him to Anfield.

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Shaqiri's career makes for impressive reading despite the recent relegation with Stoke, with stints at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan displaying the huge potential the 5'7 winger possessed earlier in his playing days.

Since their season ended with defeat in the Champions League final to Real Madrid, Liverpool have added Brazilian midfielder Fabinho to their side from AS Monaco.

Liverpool's summer transfer window is about to get even more interesting now that the World Cup is close to coming to an end.

Stoke are resigned to losing the Switzerland global, who understandably wants to stay in the Premier League after last season's relegation into the Championship.

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