Liverpool open Xherdan Shaqiri transfer negotiations with Stoke City

Liverpool open Xherdan Shaqiri transfer negotiations with Stoke City

Liverpool are confident of making Xherdan Shaqiri their third summer signing after opening transfer talks with Stoke City over the Switzerland global.

The 26-year-old winger has stated his desire to leave his current club following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

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.

Following their elimination at the hands of Sweden last week, Shaqiri hinted that his new club would be revealed soon and the Telegraph reports that Liverpool have now entered into negotiations with Stoke.

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A move to Anfield would make Shaqiri the Reds' third signing of the summer following the arrival of midfielders Fabinho and Isaac Christie-Davies.

Shaqiri could do little to stop Stoke from sliding down to the Championship from the Premier League last season and is on his way out of the Potters this summer.

The Swiss' contract at Stoke runs until 2020. Liverpool have been trying to reignite a deal despite a hands-off warning issued before the World Cup.

It is believed Stoke are interested in taking one of Liverpool's youngsters, such as Harry Wilson or Sheyi Ojo, on loan and they hope doing a deal for Shaqiri may help get that over the line. 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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