Liverpool close to completing Shaqiri transfer

Liverpool are close to completing a deal to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, with the Swiss international set to have a medical today.

Liverpool had an excellent season last time out, finishing in the top four and reaching the Champions League final. However the defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev meant that it was yet another trophyless season for the Reds, leaving Jurgen Klopp to overhaul his squad, particularly in midfield.

The German wasted no time in starting his transfer business, bringing in Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco while Naby Keita completed his long-awaited move from RB Leipzig.

They now look set to complete their third signing of the summer, with reports suggesting that Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will undergo a medical at Melwood on Friday.

While Manchester United have also been linked with the 26-year-old, The Telegraph, claim that the Reds have agreed to pay Shaqiri’s £13.75million release clause following Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League.

Shaqiri joined Stoke in 2015 from Inter Milan before going on to make 84 league appearances for the club. He has two years left on his current deal at the bet365 Stadium.

The winger impressed for Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup, including scoring the winner against Serbia in the group stage. The Swiss were however knocked out by Sweden in the round of 16.

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