Liverpool are close to signing Xherdan Shaqiri after the forward was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup with Switzerland at the hands of the Swedes.
It has been common knowledge for some time now that Jürgen Klopp is in the market for a multi-functional forward, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Paulo Dybala linked with the Reds.
Money isn’t a problem as Liverpool’s coffers were boosted significantly by revenue for reaching the Champions League final and the lucrative Premier League deal – not to mention the £142 million owed by Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho’s transfer.
Despite being loaded now, the Anfield outfit is still targeting Xherdan Shaqiri to come in as a backup to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, and Paul Joyce says that his move to Merseyside is close to being completed.
Liverpool closing in on deal for Shaqiri
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A deal for Shaqiri will cost around £13.5 million, with a release clause in his Stoke contract allegedly stating that he can leave if the Potters are relegated and their Premier League demise last season will see him move to Anfield now.
He’ll sign a long-term contract which will probably see his terms with the club last until the 2022/23 season.
At 26 years of age, the Swiss international is in the form of his life and while he might not be the world beater that Dybala or Dembele are, he is still a player capable of match-winning moments and that’s exactly what Liverpool need from the bench.
Adding to that, spending so little on a player who is likely to play more from the bench than anywhere else frees up room in the budget to sign others.