Liverpool linked with Stoke City winger Shaqiri, £13.5 million fee possible

Liverpool linked with Stoke City winger Shaqiri, £13.5 million fee possible

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to head back to the Premier League via Anfield.

Xherdan Shaqiri is surely to go with his reported release clause triggered by relegation around €15m.

A move is all but certain as Shaqiri has made it clear he does not want to play in the Championship but is keen to stay in England.

He said: "I want players who are committed to Stoke City - and if players want to leave, I will try and find the best solution to make that happen".

"How could I possibly say this is a hit?" Shaqiri, also known as "Alpine Messi" will be a bargain buy in such an inflated market who is going to increase the depth significantly. Liverpool also have an interest in the former Bayern Munich player, with Jürgen Klopp looking to strengthen in key areas, although that has not advanced to activating Shaqiri's release clause.

Shaqiri has been heavily linked to Liverpool, with Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Leicester City and Everton also interested in the Swiss global. He had been out of the team due to injury for over two months prior to the match and as a result, he was left out of the Germany team for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

Spurs, Huddersfield and Southampton are just three of the teams linked with a move for the 26-year-old but it now looks as though Liverpool have jumped to the front of the queue.

Furthermore, he wanted to join Liverpool 2015, but he claimed Bayern blocked the move and instead he headed to Italy with Inter Milan.

Shaqiri is set to star for Switzerland at the World Cup, having scored 20 goals for his country to-date.