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Xherdan Shaqiri to complete £13m move to Liverpool in matter of days


Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to be confirmed as Liverpool’s third summer signing this weekend having interrupted a holiday to finalise his move to Anfield.

Liverpool agreed a £13m fee with Stoke City for the Switzerland international this week and, with personal terms also agreed, the 26-year-old cut short a post-World Cup holiday to undergo a medical on Merseyside on Friday. Subject to the medical, the former Bayern Munich and Internazionale winger will follow Naby Keita and Fabinho in strengthening Jürgen Klopp’s squad this summer.

Shaqiri has two years remaining on his Stoke contract but made clear his intentions to leave following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season. Stoke’s relegation activated a release clause that made him an attractive, cut-price proposition for several clubs across Europe, including Lazio, but his preference is to remain in the Premier League with Liverpool.

Shaqiri almost signed for the Anfield club, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, in 2014 having fallen out of favour at Bayern when Pep Guardiola took charge. Klopp believes the player’s experience at the highest level and ability to play both flanks will make him a valuable option for Liverpool next season.



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