Liverpool to step up chase for Shaqiri plus Lyon to restructure £53m fee for Fekir

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Liverpool will step up their pursuit of Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri after Switzerland return from the World Cup if his rumoured £12million release clause is accurate.

Last week, talk began of Liverpool’s interest in wantaway Stoke City man Xherdan Shaqiri, with a £12m release clause said to exist in his contract that can be activated if the club was relegated.

After Stoke were knocked down from the Premier League to the Championship, the Swiss forward is allegedly free to leave if a team activates his relegation release clause.

If this clause exists for around £12m – Liverpool won’t pay “much more” – then the Reds will move for Shaqiri after his national team returns from the World Cup in Russia, as per Dave Maddock.

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Xherdan Shaqiri is being targeted as a squad player to provide depth in attack – not as an alternative for Nabil Fekir – with the 26-year-old’s pace, strength and eye for goal seen as ideal cover for Salah, Firmino and Mané.

Maddock does write that there is a route back to the negotiating table in a deal for Fekir as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas investigates a restructuring of the £53 million fee previously agreed.

Both Fekir and Klopp are still keen on seeing a move come to fruition.

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