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Liverpool open talks for Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland in action during of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Sweden and Switzerland Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool begin talks with Stoke City over Xehrdan Shaqiri transfer
Frederick Owens | 11 July, 2018, 17:01

Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke as they look to make Xherdan Shaqiri their latest summer signing.

The winger, who scored seven goals for the newly-relegated Potters last season, has a release clause of £13.5m.

The relegation ensured that a new release clause was triggered in Shaqiri's contract, with the 26-year-old now allowed to depart the club for a modest fee of £13 million - a true bargain in today's market.

The Echo reports that Shaqiri would prefer a move to Liverpool and Stoke are hopeful that selling the Swiss worldwide to the Reds would mean they would be more willing to loan out one of Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo.

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

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.

Since their season ended with defeat in the Champions League final to Real Madrid, Liverpool have added Brazilian midfielder Fabinho to their side from AS Monaco. Liverpool have been trying to reignite a deal despite a hands-off warning issued before the World Cup.

Stoke are resigned to losing the Switzerland global, who understandably wants to stay in the Premier League after last season's relegation into the Championship. 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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