Manchester United have joined the race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City according to reports.
Stoke finally saw their decade long stay in the Premier League come to an end last season, with neither Mark Hughes or Paul Lambert able to arrest their slide back into the second tier of English football.
Having firmly established themselves in the top flight over the last 10 years, the Potters had amassed a decent pool of players, with Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri being the pick of the bunch having previously played for the likes of Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.
The Swiss international, who was recently knocked out of the World Cup at the last 16 stage by Sweden, is widely expected to leave, with Liverpool having previously been linked.
Stoke’s relegation has activated a clause in his contract which means he can leave the Bet365 stadium for a paltry £12 million, and according to the Sun, his availability is attracting the attention of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
The report claims that the Portuguese manager has impressed with Shaqiri’s performances for Switzerland over in Russia over the course of the summer.
While Shaqiri hasn’t always performed at a consistently high standard for the Potters, he does have the ability to produce moments of magic.
If United were to make a move for the winger, he would instantly have a familiar face in the dressing room, with the 20 time champions having announced a deal to sign former Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant on a free transfer.