Liverpool open talks for Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool open talks for Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool have been trying to reignite a deal despite a hands-off warning issued before the World Cup.

Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke City over a potential transfer for Xherdan Shaqiri, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC.

Liverpool have already bolstered their midfield options this summer with Naby Keita and Fabinho, for £52.75m from Red Bull Leipzig and £43.7m from Monaco respectively, and had lined up a £53m move for Nabil Fekir until a medical raised concerns.

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.

And at £12m he represents a huge bargain.

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Now, with Switzerland knocked out of the World Cup by Sweden last week, it seems Shaqiri's future could be resolved imminently, with a report in The Telegraph claiming a move to Anfield looks likely.

What's clear as well is that he would be brought in as back-up to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, rather than a starter.

Meanwhile, Stoke are one of 12 English sides that have expressed an interest in taking Liverpool's Harry Wilson on loan, a source has told ESPN FC. I would love to stay in England but I don't want to rule anything out.

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. It's completely up to the player and Klopp.

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