Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland in action during of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Sweden and Switzerland

Liverpool are confident that they will sign Swiss worldwide Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to a report in The Guardian.

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have opened discussions with the Stoke player, who is believed to have a release clause around £13.5 million.

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Shaqiri's involvement at the World Cup ended last week when Switzerland were knocked out of the tournament by Sweden. All players are afforded a three-week break after playing in worldwide competition and that would mean he would be ready to return to training for the week beginning July 23.

Shaqiri has indicated that he wants the move which should be sealed before the Reds head off to the United States as part of their pre-season plans.

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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".

Jurgen Klopp see him as providing quality back-up to an established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Fimino and Sadio Mane and Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke with a view to taking him to Anfield.

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And the 24-year-old has not been told by Juventus about whether he remains in Massimiliano Allegri's plans alongside Ronaldo. The reigning Ballon d'Or victor is also reportedly set to complete his medical at Vinovo at the start of next week.


The 26-year-old scored eight goals and provided seven assists during Stoke's doomed Premier League campaign.

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