Xherdan Shaqiri is set to become Liverpool’s third signing of the summer after the club agreed a fee with Stoke.
With Jurgen Klopp looking to add more attacking options to bolster his squad, Shaqiri has been identified as a cheap and experienced candidate.
The winger has just played in his second World Cup, and has won the Bundesliga and Champions League with Bayern Munich.
Liverpool have now agreed to pay his £13.75m release clause, so to save you from going everywhere else to read the latest on his protracted move to Anfield, we have collated all the updates here. You’re bloody welcome:
LIVERPOOL ECHO: Shaqiri will join the club ‘barring any late hitches’. The 26-year-old was the subject of interest from across Europe, but ‘his heart was set on moving to Anfield’ when Liverpool entered the running.
Klopp has ‘long admired’ Shaqiri since his time in the Bundesliga, and Liverpool ‘have been looking to increase their cover in wide areas’. Shaqiri ‘fits the bill’, particularly at such a low price.
Shaqiri cut short his holiday and flew into Merseyside last night. Medical is now underway. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 13, 2018
DAILY MAIL: On that interest from European clubs, Simon Jones and Dominic King team up to tell us Lazio were sniffing around Shaqiri. But Liverpool ‘made enquiries last month’ after their deal for Nabil Fekir collapsed, and have been leading the race ever since.
DAILY MIRROR: Stoke, ‘resigned to losing’ their most sizeable asset, are searching for the positives. They ‘hope that doing business’ with Liverpool will ‘help them to land one of’ their highly-rated youngsters. The individual named is winger Harry Wilson, who could be a direct replacement for the Switzerland international in the Championship.
THE SUN: With all their extensive contacts on Merseyside, The Sun throw a spanner in the works. They too claim that Stoke want a player in return, but that Sheyi Ojo is the chosen one. Gary Rowett is eager to bring in the 21-year-old on loan, but he faces competition from Celtic, Rangers and 11 other Championship sides.
Wilson does of course have a choice. He ‘could choose to stay at Anfield and try to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans’. And if Liverpool have paid Shaqiri’s release clause, there really is nothing Stoke can do about that.