Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri

He is now on holiday after representing Switzerland at the World Cup, helping them to the last 16 where they were beaten by Sweden.

Liverpool have opened talks for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri as they look to trigger his £13.5 million relegation release clause.

Jürgen Klopp is keen to add the 26-year-old to his attacking options for next season and the winger wants to remain in the Premier League following Stoke's relegation to the Championship.

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Shaqiri has a release clause in his contract which the Daily Telegraph claim is in excess of the £12million figure which has been widely reported.

Liverpool have already strengthened their squad this summer with the £39m signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho and the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

However, despite his career falling off track somewhat at Stoke, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp clearly believes the 74-time Swiss worldwide can perform at the highest level and aims to bring him to Anfield this summer.

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According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool's potential move for Shaqiri and Stoke's interest in Wilson are not linked in the slightest.

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

Shaqiri scored eight times for Stoke last season and has made 92 appearances in total since joining from Inter in 2015. Fekir, in any case, is still with France at the World Cup and would not be due to return to action until early-August.

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