Liverpool Expect To Sign Xherdan Shaqiri In Next Two Weeks

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The Reds have now made a formal approach to Stoke for the 26-year-old who has a £13.5million release clause that will enable him to make the switch to Anfield without any fuss following their relegation from the Premier League.

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.

Shaqiri has spoken publicly of his desire to remain in England , and talks between Liverpool, Stoke and the player's representatives are underway.

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Having already welcomed Fabinho and Naby Keita for £44m and £52m respectively, the Reds are also being linked with moves for Nabil Fekir and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri would not be seen as someone to come in and start games immediately, though Klopp appreciates the importance of depth across his attacking positions.

Shaqiri could do little to stop Stoke from sliding down to the Championship from the Premier League last season and is on his way out of the Potters this summer. He admitted that he would like to leave following last season's relegation.

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They could have him in place to travel to the USA where they will play Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United later this month.

The diminutive winger enjoyed a mixed World Cup; one that was peppered with moments of footballing brilliance and political controversy as Switzerland reached the last sixteen of the tournament, eventually losing out to Sweden.

Liverpool's summer transfer window is about to get even more interesting now that the World Cup is close to coming to an end.

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