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Liverpool begin talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer

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Liverpool begin talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer
Xherdan Shaqiri starred for Switzerland at the World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool have begun formal negotiations with Stoke City over the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports.

The 26-year-old winger has stated his desire to leave his current club following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

Shaqiri has a release clause in his contract which the Daily Telegraph claim is in excess of the £12million figure which has been widely reported.

Liverpool have already spent heavily in the transfer market this summer in the shape of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his forward line with a mind to challenging for the Premier League title.

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Liverpool begin talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer
Xherdan Shaqiri scored eight goals for Stoke last season (Picture: Getty)
Nabil Fekir of France during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between France and Australia at Kazan Arena on June 16, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Liverpools move for Nabil Fekir broke down (Picture: Getty)

Klopps side reached the Champions League final last season but finished a distant 25 points behind record breaking champions Manchester City.

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The former Borussia Dortmund manager thought he was close to completing the signing of Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir earlier this summer, only for the move to break down amid concerns over the France internationals fitness.

Shaqiri was signed from Inter Milan by former Stoke manager Mark Hughes for £12m in August 2015 and managed eight goals and seven assists last term, despite his sides struggles.

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