Liverpool open talks over Stoke City star ahead of £13 million move

Liverpool open talks over Stoke City star ahead of £13 million move

As for Shaqiri, the Stoke City man is a top target for Jurgen Klopp and the most recent reports say talks are underway over a £12m transfer.

The Switzerland global, now on holiday after appearing at the World Cup, has a release clause in the region of £13.5million and the Potters are resigned to losing one of their prized assets after relegation from the Premier League.

However, despite his career falling off track somewhat at Stoke, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp clearly believes the 74-time Swiss worldwide can perform at the highest level and aims to bring him to Anfield this summer.

In June, Shaqiri was reported as saying he wanted to leave Stoke and sign for a Premier League club.

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Now, Pearce writes that talks have been opened with Stoke as Liverpool look to capitalise on the Potters being relegated last season.

The 21-year-old scored in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Tranmere and is keen to make an impression on Klopp.

The Swiss winger once again impressed for Switzerland at this summer's World Cup, but could ultimately do little to stop his country sliding out of the tournament at the hands of a plucky Sweden side in the round of 16. Liverpool saw a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir break down due to a medical issue last month, but serious alternatives are yet to emerge amid claims from the player's agent that the move remains on the table.

Stoke are open to offers following their relegation from the Premier League, with Shaqiri unlikely to stick around at a Championship club.

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