Liverpool are in talks to sign Stoke’s Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri and could trigger his release clause of more than £13.5m
It may not be a signing to match the excitement of Fabinho or Naby Keïta—or the failed signing of Nabil Fekir—but Liverpool now look set to add an important attacking depth option to the squad in the coming days with Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri expected to arrive.
The 26-year-old Kosovoan-born Swiss international had scored the last-minute winner against Serbia which sent the Swiss side through to the World Cup’s round of 16 before their campaign drew to a close with a defeat to Sweden.
Shaqiri joined Stoke from Inter Milan in August 2015 for a club record fee of £12m.
He was the Potters’ top scorer last season with eight goals as they were relegated from the Premier League.
Liverpool are expected to negotiate the transfer rather than simply triggering Shaqiri’s release which is believed to be £13.5m.
For a player of his age and with the promise he first took from Basel in the Swiss league to Bayern Munich when he was younger— a promise he never truly delivered on at Bayern or for Stoke, where his play at times looked downright indifferent — it’s not the greatest resume.
He won’t, however, be arriving at Liverpool as a starter. He’ll be arriving as second-choice on either wing behind Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. And he’ll be arriving knowing that this is his last chance to make it at a big club.
Add it all together and it’s a move that seems worthwhile, especially if it allows the club to retain funds to strengthen other positions.
A move to Anfield would make Shaqiri the Reds’ third signing of the summer following the arrival of midfielders Fabinho and Isaac Christie-Davies.
If it’s the final incoming transfer move of the summer for Liverpool, though, it will likely leave many feeling a little disappointed.