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Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool transfer news Xherdan Shaqiri Man Utd GETTYLiverpool transfer news Xherdan Shaqiri is in talks over an Anfield move
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 16:57

Instead, let's indulge ourselves in some hot-off-the-press transfer gossip involving Xherdan Shaqiri.

Previous reports have stated that Stoke want Wilson, 21, to be included in any deal for Shaqiri - which is an idea Kopites have wholly rejected.

Jurgen Klopp has been eyeing Shaqiri as a potential acquisition since before the World Cup and he is now prepared to make his move to trigger the release clause embedded in the Swiss winger's contract.

The attacking midfielder hinted last week that his new club would be revealed soon and Liverpool are now negotiating with Stoke over a deal.

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Jurgen Klopp has identified the Switzerland global as one who can bolster his attacking options, while the presence of a release clause in the 26-year-old's contract makes a deal a financially attractive one.

Stoke are open to offers following their relegation from the Premier League, with Shaqiri unlikely to stick around at a Championship club. He admitted that he would like to leave following last season's relegation.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager thought he was close to completing the signing of Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir earlier this summer, only for the move to break down amid concerns over the France international's fitness. It's pretty normal to be aware of clubs being interested.

For now though, it seems Liverpool are prioritising a move for Shaqiri, with developments expected before the end of the week.

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