Liverpool have opened talks for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri as they look to trigger his £13.5 million relegation release clause.
On Tuesday, highly trusted Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce reported that there is no interest in Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, denying suggestions that the Reds are weighing up a sensational move for the 24-year-old.
Now, Pearce writes that talks have been opened with Stoke as Liverpool look to capitalise on the Potters being relegated last season. The 26-year-old winger has a clause in his contract which means he can leave for around £13.5 million if a club pays up.
With Switzerland back from the World Cup after being eliminated by Sweden in the Round of 16, negotiations can progress and Shaqiri “has been considering his options since his involvement in Russia was ended.”
The Echo reports that Shaqiri would prefer a move to Liverpool and Stoke are hopeful that selling the Swiss international to the Reds would mean they would be more willing to loan out one of Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo.
Over a dozen clubs have enquired over Wilson’s future and Stoke is one of these clubs. The Potters have also made contact to discuss Ojo’s plans for the 2018/19 season.
Meanwhile, Shaqiri has made it clear that his future lies in the Premier League, having said: “You are going to hear soon on my future.
“I was not thinking about this because I was just focused on my national team and wanted to make a good tournament for my team and my nation. It’s pretty normal to be aware of clubs being interested.
“Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football. Everybody knows that.”